Winsford man strangled ex-girlfriend and stamped on her back during 'horrific' attack

Lee Horsfield, 43 -Credit:Cheshire Constabulary
Lee Horsfield, 43 -Credit:Cheshire Constabulary

A Winsford man who stamped on his ex-girlfriend's back during a "horrific" attack has been jailed for two years and ten months. Lee Horsfield, who admitted assaulting his former partner, was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on April 24.

The hearing was told that the 43-year-old, of Wharton Road, had narrowly avoided a prison sentence in February last year after he admitted assaulting and intentionally strangling his then girlfriend. Instead, he was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years.

The court also imposed an indefinite restraining order, meaning he was not allowed to contact the victim or go near her home. Despite the order, on Tuesday, October 31 police became aware that Horsfield had contacted the victim on a number of occasions.

It was also established that he had assaulted her again, this included stamping on her back, dragging her around by her hair and holding her around her throat. Following the allegations, Horsfield was arrested at his home and later charged. As well as admitting assaulting his ex-partner, he also pleaded guilty to non-fatal strangulation and breach of a restraining order.

Following the sentencing, Detective Constable Ellie Byrne said: "I welcome the sentence handed to Horsfield, and I hope that he spends his time behind bars reflecting on his actions. His behaviour towards his victim was horrific, and I cannot even imagine the fear and pain that she suffered at his hands.

"Nobody should have to experience what she has been through, but thanks to her bravery he has now been held accountable. While she may never forget what he did, I hope that this result will provide her with some closure and allow her to move forward with her life."

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