A narcissist who strangled and stamped on his ex-girlfriend’s neck in a sickening rampage has been handed a five-year sentence – the maximum allowed by law.
Gavin Anstey, 37, also held broken glass to her eye in November last year.
Hove Crown Court heard scaffolder Anstey, who was jailed in 2008 for causing the deaths of two young women by dangerous driving, has a history of attacking his partners.
In a powerful victim impact statement, the woman, who was left with lasting injuries and PTSD, said: “During the incident, Gavin would attack me, I’d catch my breath, and then he’d start another attack. It went from room to room as he threw me around my flat.
“The attack lasted for so long, and I didn’t have access to my phone because it went flying, that I had no way out.
“After the assault my whole body was painful and bruised. He had scrunched up my eye and held glass to it so I thought he was going to go for my eye with it.
“He had stamped on my neck with such force I couldn’t breathe and had no way out. He strangled me to the point where my family flashed before my eyes.”
She bravely described Anstey as a narcissist who was incapable of feeling any remorse or empathy towards others.
The man, from Worthing, West Sussex, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm, non-fatal strangulation and criminal damage at Hove Crown Court.
During the attack, Anstey raged: “I will happily go down for twenty years to kill you.”
Judge Christine Henson KC jailed him for four years on Monday with an extended year on licence – the maximum allowed by law.
He will serve at least two thirds of the four years in custody.
Judge Henson said Anstey posed a serious risk of reoffending and was a high risk of causing serious harm or death to future partners.
She said: “It is clear you have acute difficulty in conducting yourself in an intimate relationship.
“I’m in no doubt you pose a serious risk of harm to others.”