Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'The More You Struggle the Tighter It Will Get'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'The More You Struggle the Tighter It Will Get'

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk @ChronicleCourt

BRUTAL Josh Gray strangled his terrified partner until foam came out of her mouth, and chillingly warned: "The more you struggle, the tighter it will get."

The controlling thug turned nasty on his then-girlfriend in a series of "disgusting" attacks.

In one outburst, he dragged her around by the hair, kicked her in the head and began throttling her until she "flopped" and had foam coming out of her mouth.

Gray then went on to attack her again, putting his arm over her windpipe, hitting her with an upper cut and trashing her house.

Now the 22-year-old, of North Terrace, Wallsend, has been jailed at Newcastle Crown Court after he was convicted of three assaults and two offences of criminal damage.

Locking him up, Recorder Graeme Cook said: "You tried to strangle her and very sinisterly said 'The more you struggle, the tighter it will get'.

"She must have been absolutely terrified and she had foam coming out of her mouth.

"It's a completely disgusting offence on a young woman who had done nothing wrong apart from have an argument with you.

"Clearly this young lady has been terrified and traumatised by your behaviour.

"I can't suspend the sentence for this disgraceful offending."

The court heard the relationship between Gray and the victim had come to an end in January.

Prosecutor Paul Rowland said: "The relationship was punctuated by violence and control by the defendant towards the complainant.

"At 11am on January 9 the defendant returned home having been out all night and was abusive towards her and they argued.

"He pushed her to the floor and dragged her along the floor by her hair, and that was followed by a kick to the side of the head and to her back.

"She got up and tried to run outside. However he again dragged her back by her hair and put her in a headlock.

"He then took her to the floor and started strangling her and said 'The more you struggle, the tighter it will get'. …

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