Girlfriend of violent bully who strangled her in brutal attack says he found ways of “keeping her in fear”



A violent and heavy-drinking bully left his frightened girlfriend suffering “terror” and “torments” after he strangled her so that she could barely breathe.

Aggressive and controlling Jodie Hudson, 35, attacked her during three vicious assaults, including putting his hands around her neck and squeezing hard.

Hudson, of Hull, warned her that he would “smash” her face and repeatedly shouted at her, Hull Crown Court heard.

Hull Live reports that Hudson admitted to three offenses of assaulting the woman, causing actual bodily harm, on May 9, June 26 and August 31.

He was due to face a trial and jury, unusually all 12 of it women, had been sworn and was about to start hearing the case.

But he changed his pleas to guilty before the trial began properly.

Rachel Scott, prosecuting, said that Hudson became aggressive during the first incident and drunkenly shouted at and intimidated the woman.

He grabbed her around the throat and eventually the victim fell down the stairs while they tussled over her keys. She suffered bruises and cuts.

In the second confrontation, Hudson had again been drinking when he started shouting and put his hands around the woman’s throat, causing injury.

She tried to talk to him but he was just shouting in her face and he told her: “I’m going to smash your face in.”

She suffered an injury to her face and inside her mouth.

In the third assault, Hudson grabbed her neck and squeezed hard until she was struggling to breathe.

“He was shouting at her, telling her she never shuts up,” said Miss Scott.

“When he let go, she was gasping for breath.”

Hudson put his fists in her cheeks.

The woman later said that, after their relationship started, Hudson was “charming” but alcohol abuse and shows of temper became more apparent.

“I would always try to keep him happy but it was never enough,” she said.

“My confidence has been completely shattered.”

She believed that Hudson found ways of “keeping her in fear” and the aftermath of the assaults and the relationship had left her with many problems.

Her existing anxiety had been heightened and she suffered from panic attacks and insomnia.

She still heard his “torments” in her head and she was constantly on edge. Her three-year-old daughter had been affected.

“He targeted me when I was vulnerable,” she said.

She was someone that he could “twist” and “use” but he had destroyed everything that she held dear.

Cathy Kioko-Gilligan, mitigating, said that Hudson had no convictions for domestic violence but his other convictions included assault, burglary and driving while disqualified.

“This is behavior that’s out of character,” said Miss Kioko-Gilligan.

“It’s right that this relationship was clearly fraught with difficulties. He was in drink on all the occasions.”

Hudson had problems with alcohol misuse and this brought about anger and aggression.

“He has had plenty of time in custody to reflect on his behaviour,” said Miss Kioko-Gilligan.

“When he is eventually released from custody, it’s his hope that he will be able to address his issues with alcohol, supported by the probation service.

“He knows that this relationship is over.”

Judge John Thackray QC told Hudson: “Your partner was entitled to feel safe and secure in her home.

“She was entitled to feel safe and secure in your presence.”

The incidents were “appalling” and Hudson behaved aggressively towards her after drinking.

“It could have been far worse,” said Judge Thackray.

“Grabbing her round the throat was a form of control intended to cause maximum terror and fear.

“It’s obviously caused a great deal of distress. No doubt this has massively affected her confidence.

“Your offending has had a substantial impact upon your victim.”

Hudson was jailed for three years and was given an indefinite restraining order.

He had been on court bail when he committed the later two incidents.

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