Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Obsessed boyfriend in 3 hours stand off with police as he threatens to slash girlfriend's throat

A beauty therapist has been praised by a judge after she helped jail her controlling ex-boyfriend who stabbed her five times.

Zahra Rechelle had broken off her 20-month on-off relationship with Aaron Booth, but he became obsessed with her.

The 31-year-old had been too frightened to him over his bullying behaviour and even stayed with him for fear social service would intervene, and take her and her young son from a previous relationship away.

But Booth followed her one evening, as she went out with friends, before breaking into her home at 1am after she went to bed.

He beat her as she was on the phone to police and told her he was going to "f***ing kill" her.

He then dragged her into the street by her hair and stabbed her in the stomach and legs in front of local police.

As she bled heavily from a series of wounds, the father of two put the knife against her throat as he was told to surrender.

Booth, from Glossop, Derbyshire, held her hostage briefly before a stand off with police lasting three hours.

Miss Rechelle was treated for her wounds and later agreed to give evidence against Booth fearing he would harm other women he came into contact with.

Booth was jailed for 14 years and will be on licence until the year 2039 following his release.