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Thug throttled ex and yelled ‘you need to die, the angels said it’s got to be you’ in terrifying attack at home

A THUG who throttled his ex-girlfriend and yelled “you need to die, the angles said it’s got to be you” in a terrifying attack at home has avoided jail.

Anthony Palmer, 57, began strangling the woman after jumping out of his upstairs window in Manchester, a court heard.

He placed a cushion over her face and launched an attack with a pair of scissors after asking her for a glass of water, Minshull Street Crown Court was told.

Palmer then tried to stab her before choking her by pressing his knee on her throat in September last year.

He then told her: “You need to die, the angles told me it’s got to be you.”


The woman eventually managed to escape to a friend’s house nearby and described feeling “scared to go home”.

She said she believed Palmer would have killed her during the attack, reports the Manchester Evening News.

In a victim impact stamen read to the court, she said: “I’ve been left feeling scared and jumpy and I have difficulties sleeping.
“It was shocking and terrifying. I’m still in fear of him coming back and trying to kill me.”

It was shocking and terrifying.

Victim impact statement

The court heard the pair had been in a relationship which ended six years ago but they remained friends and still lived together.

Shirlie Duckworth, prosecuting, said: “She was aware of a history of suspected mental health problems.

“On September 18 as she was about to go to sleep, she could hear the defendant pacing around at 10.30 and thought he was agitated.

“She didn’t feel like she had got enough sleep and checked the time to see it was 1.40am on September 19.


“She noticed the bathroom window was open and believed he had climbed out of the window and knocked the items on the side onto the floor.”

The woman asked if he had “gone” out the window and he told her he had “jumped” and she later described him acting “like a proper psycho”.

She received minor injuries during the attack, including cuts to her chest, wrist and left eye.

Palmer admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Prosecutors dropped a charge of making a threat to kill due to lack of evidence.

He was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years, along with 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirements.

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