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Man jailed for 14 years after beating and stabbing ex-girlfriend

Aaron Marsden Booth has been jailed for 14 years for beating and stabbing his ex-girlfriend. Credit: BPM Media

A man has been jailed for beating and stabbing his ex-girlfriend in her home in Derbyshire after more than a year of abuse.

Aaron Marsden Booth has been sentenced to 14 years after stabbing his former partner and putting a knife to her throat in Glossop.

He could be heard smashing his way through the victim's front door during a 999 call to police.

The woman, now aged 31, managed to run from the house only to be stabbed repeatedly in the legs and side.

Booth, 27, then held a knife to his victim’s throat in front of officers who had arrived at the scene and threatened to kill her if they came any closer.

Police say Booth finally walked away from his victim and returned to her address where officers entered a three-hour standoff.

His victim told officers how Booth was charming when they first met in 2017 Credit: BPM Media

After pleading guilty to wounding with intent, Booth was sentenced to 14 years in prison as his victim watched from the public gallery.

Judge Richard Mansell QC praised her in helping bring Booth to justice and ensuring that others would not become a victim at his hands.

He said: “You have been brave in the extreme. You have not just protected yourself; you have protected other women.”

His victim told officers how Booth was charming when they first met in 2017 and - despite warnings from friends about his previous behaviour – began a relationship with him early the following year.

The court heard how, in May of 2018, Booth began drinking to excess, as well as taking drugs, and once at home he would abuse his victim.

Judge Mansell said: “When at home, you would bully and degrade her by spitting, flicking cigarettes or throwing household items at her, as well as calling her names."

His victim tried repeatedly to break off their relationship, but each time Booth would bombard her with calls and texts and force her, through emotional blackmail, to retract her complaints made against him, the court heard.

Police say Booth’s was caught on CCTV following his victim from pub to pub.

She then called the police as he attempted to kick the front door down.

Booth was also handed an indefinite restraining order against his victim Credit: BPM Media

After being charged with attempted murder, Booth pleaded guilty to a section 18 assault – wounding with intent – and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Booth was also handed an indefinite restraining order which prohibits him from contacting his victim.

DC Graham Millar, the officer who investigated the incident, said: “I would first like to praise the bravery shown by his victim."

“His behaviour ground down a strong, independent, young woman – causing her to lose more than two stone in weight as Booth’s campaign of abuse continued."

“I would also like to take this moment pay tribute to the officers who were first on the scene that night. Armed with only their batons and captor spray they were faced with a situation that could easily have led to a far more tragic ending."

– DC Graham Millar