A man who threatened to kill and "chop up" his former partner after taking hold of a "fearsome" axe has been jailed for six years.
Mark Little first assaulted Amanda O'Brien on March 6 at a mutual friend's address in Workington, head-butting her twice and punching her in the face.
A week later at the same house, 51-year-old Little pushed her to the floor, dragged her by the hair between rooms and later took hold of a large black axe which prosecutor Tim Evans told Carlisle Crown Court today was a "heavy, sharp and frankly fearsome weapon".
Although he dropped the axe, Little told terrified Ms O'Brien "shut your mouth, I will kill you and chop you up", before head-butting and punching her. "Witnesses describe her as being bloodied, bruised and hysterical," added Mr Evans.
The victim was so distressed she moved away from Cumbria, telling police "I honestly believe he could kill me", and saying of his offending: "It has ruined my life."
Heavily-convicted Little, of Milburn Street, Workington, whose criminal record stretches back 35 years, pleaded guilty to four crimes. He admitted two assaults on Ms O'Brien - one causing actual bodily harm - along with making a threat to kill and pervert the course of justice having tried to concoct a false alibi while in custody.
He was jailed by Recorder Kevin Grice, who told him: "You are, in my view, a controlling, manipulative and devious man who, in certain circumstances, fuelled by drink and drugs, is capable of threatening and inflicting violence, particularly on women."
Little was also banned from contacting the victim for seven years.