A tragic Scots hairdresser who was murdered by her violent ex-boyfriend told police he had threatened to kill them both by crashing her car into a tree, an inquest has heard.
Katrina O'Hara, 44, from Bangour, West Lothian, made the chilling revelation when giving a statement to police after Stuart Thomas was arrested for harassment.
However, he was released on bail and no action was taken against him despite him twice breaching his bail conditions by indirectly contacting the mother-of-three in the subsequent days.
Thomas stabbed mum-of-three Katrina to death at the barber shop she worked at in Blandford, Dorset, on January 7, 2016.
Thomas, now aged 53, denied murder but was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 26 years in August 2016.
The inquest, in Bournemouth, heard Ms O'Hara's eldest son Kyle Stark, 29, contacted police on December 30 to say he believed Thomas was a risk to her and his own life.
During a three-hour police interview, she revealed how Thomas had threatened to kill them both on Boxing Day of 2015 by driving into a tree.
An extract of her interview, which was read out at the inquest, said: "George (Stuart Thomas) got back in the car and we sped off along this single track road.
"He said he was going to kill us both by driving into a tree.
"I thought that was it. I was sure he was going to kill us. He was deadly serious, not joking."
Giving evidence, Police Sergeant Adam Aggas, of Dorset Police, said he first met Ms O'Hara after her and Thomas were involved in an altercation at his unit at an industrial estate in Blandford on November 10, 2015.
Thomas had called 999 and said he had been assaulted by Katrina O'Hara, and she called to make a counter allegation.
P/Sgt Aggas flagged down Ms O'Hara's car as it was leaving the scene and they had a conversation in his car about the incident.
She told him she had gone to his unit to 'confront' Thomas after she discovered he had still been seeing his wife despite promising to leave her.
During the skirmish, Ms O'Hara damaged his golf clubs which prompted him to throw her to the concrete floor, leaving her with a graze to the elbow and a cut to her lip.
However, P/Sgt Aggas said, after completing a risk assessment together, she told him she didn't want to press charges as they were 'equally to blame'.
P/Sgt Aggas said: "She said she was a feisty Scot who had been repeatedly lied to and she went around to confront him.
"She started throwing around his belongings and his golf clubs.
"She said she was then attacked by him and displayed a graze to her elbow and she appeared to have a fresh mark on her lip.
"I asked her if she supported a prosecution and she said she didn't, she was very clear in that, as 'we were both at fault'."
Thomas made a complaint about Ms Hara committing criminal damage at his unit and said he had CCTV to prove it, before dropping it on December 2.
However, when P/Sgt Aggas went to Ms O'Hara's home on December 30 he said she looked like a 'shell of her former feisty self' due to Thomas' escalating campaign of abuse.
This included a bombardment of text messages, unwanted visits to her home and violent outbursts.
He said: "She was a shadow of her former self. Her feistiness was gone, her vulnerability was increased.
"She was going through the stage of blaming herself for the domestic abuse.
"To begin with she didn't want to give a statement but after my considerable efforts she finally agreed to give a statement and she came to the station."
The inquest heard that Ms O'Hara called the police on November 17, 2015, to say she had been stalked and harassed by Thomas for several months.
She was described as 'tearful' and 'distressed' by a police call handler
It also emerged that Thomas was subject to a restraining order against another woman which was issued in January 2014.
The 21-year-old woman had been bombarded with text messages and he gave her an unwanted love bite.
Ms O'Hara moved to southern England later in her life.
She lived she her daughter in the village of Okeford Fitzpaine, near Blandford.
The inquest continues.