Dale Montague pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to assaulting the woman to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and impairment as well as to the danger of her life. 

The court heard that the woman was victim to a ‘sustained assault’ which took place over several hours from the 7th of May 2022 into the 8th of May. Montague got into the woman’s home and locked her inside. He had demanded earlier that she pay for his taxi. He then returned and he repeatedly punched the woman and choked her until she became unconscious. He threw bottles and ash trays at her and jumped on her. 

Montague has 43 previous convictions and the court heard that during the attack he stated: “I thought I would feel guilty, but I am not leaving here until I have killed you,” the court heard.

The Advocate Depute said: “She could hear him shouting. Fearful that he was going to kill her, she opened a first-floor window, squeezed through before jumping onto the ground below.

She suffered injuries to her spine, wrist and heel. She was found in the street that morning. Her facial injuries were so severe that one witness did not recognise her. At one stage a neighbour had contacted police; however, they left as the flat was in darkness and there was no answer at the door. 

Lady Stacey sentenced him to a five year custodial sentence and a six year non harassment order was imposed.