Stoke-on-Trent man jailed for 'horrific' attack on woman as she 'struggled to breathe'

A Blurton man has been jailed for three years after subjecting a woman to a 'horrific' attack. Matthew Keay covered his victim with a bedsheet, held his hand over her mouth and punched her repeatedly.

He continued to attack her after she fell to the floor. The 35-year-old, of Wyndham Road, Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, appeared at Chester Crown Court on Friday, May 31, where he was given his prison sentence.

He had previously pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intentional strangulation. He also admitted being in possession of a class A drug.

On Wednesday, September 13, the then 32-year-old victim in this case had been at an address in Winsford, Cheshire, with Keay when he began repeatedly punching her to her body, face, and head.

She reported he continued to attack her once she had fallen to the floor and also covered her with a bed sheet, holding what she believed to be his hand over her mouth so she struggled to breath.

The victim ran from the property in distress and a concerned member of the public notified police.

Officers attended and arrested Keay. Following a search, he was found to have two small bags of white powder on him, which were later confirmed to be cocaine.

On top of his custodial sentence, Keay was issued with an indefinite restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting the victim in any way.

Following the sentencing, Detective Constable Felicity Gregory said: “I welcome the sentence handed to Keay, who is now behind bars for his horrific actions.

“Nobody should have to experience what the victim in this case went through and I hope this result will provide her with some closure following what must have been an incredibly traumatic ordeal.

“This sentence should also serve as a reminder that we are committed to tackling behaviour of this nature; it will not be tolerated.”

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