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Man jailed for 'chopped into pieces' threat in Aberdeen

A man who throttled a woman and told her the only way she would leave his home was chopped up into pieces has been jailed.

David Ingham, 35, of Menzies Road, Aberdeen, subjected Helen Hird, 25, to the attack in his flat in March.

He was earlier convicted after trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court of threatening to kill her.

Sheriff Malcolm Garden sentenced Ingham to five years, with another three years on licence after his release.

The victim had told the jury: "He said the only way I would get to leave was chopped up in plastic bags and put in the bottom of the harbour."

'Begged for life'

Ingham throttled her with her scarf until she passed out.

The court heard she had gone back to Ingham's flat for a drink but he attacked her when she said she wanted to leave.

She said she "begged for her life".

Ingram had eight previous convictions for assault.

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