A builder has been jailed for life after he admitted killing his ex-partner in North Yorkshire.
Adrian Michael Rodi, 50, attacked Angela Rider at a house in Cawood near Selby before fleeing the scene earlier this year.
Police were called to the house in the early hours of Monday March 5 and they found the 51-year-old victim's body. Tests later revealed she died of asphyxiation.
Officers tracked Rodi down and found him in the Hawkshead area of Cumbria, where he was arrested.
He was initially charged with murder before instead pleading guilty to manslaughter through diminished responsibility.
Today at Leeds Crown Court he was given a hospital order and told he will have to serve a minimum of nine years before he can be considered for parole.
On behalf of all the family, I Wendy, Angela’s mum, want to thank all of the officers involved in bringing Angela’s case to justice – from the first constables who knocked on our door with the horrendous news, to Karma Mellor, the QC who was wonderful.
Following the sentencing, North Yorkshire Police said Rodi and Ms Rider's relationship was littered with domestic abuse.
They are now prompting victims of abusive relationships to seek help before it's too late.
My sympathies, and that of my team, go out to Angela’s family who have lost a loving mother, daughter and sister.
Anyone in need of support can also contact the Independent Domestic Abuse Services anonymously on 03000 110110 or by emailing email@example.com.