Possessive boyfriend strangled terrified mum-of-four until she pretended to be dead
A man who strangled a mum-of-four until she was forced to pretend to be dead has been sentenced to jail.
Ira Rose, 37, told his victim “you’re mine, you’re not getting away from me” as he firmly gripped her throat until she “couldn’t breathe”.
The terrified mum, who we have chosen not to name, “played dead” in the living room of her Liverpool home as Rose checked on her repeatedly and “poured himself a drink”.
He then grabbed the woman by the ankles and pulled her “as if she was dead,” Liverpool Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Charlotte Kenny explained to the court the couple had been together for around three years when Rose launched his attack, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The couple were at home and were drinking as she watched a live stream auction when the attack began.
Ms Kenny explained the woman had confronted Rose about “photographs found on the defendant’s phone” and “untrustworthiness”.
In a statement she said Rose began “shouting over her” and she “asked him to quieten down as her children were in bed”.
Ms Kenny said the woman has four children but it is not clear how many were in the property at the time.
She said: “The defendant was pointing at her telling her to ‘Shut the f*** up.'”
When he pointed at her with both hands she pushed them out of the way and in response Rose “grabbed hold of both her arms, picked her up and threw her to the sofa”.
Ms Kenny said he “grabbed her by the throat” and she “subsequently ended up on the floor” as she “tried to fight him off”.
She said: “He kept a firm grip on her throat. She was trying to explain her daughter was upstairs.”
As he strangled the woman he was “repeatedly saying to her ‘go to sleep’.”
Rose also said: “You’re mine, you’re not getting away from me.”
He then began holding her throat “with both hands very tightly” and the woman said she “couldn’t breathe”.
Ms Kenny said his victim then went into “blind panic” and was so fearful she “played dead so the defendant would think he had killed her”.
He added: “Until he addresses these problems there will always be the potential of harm moving forwards.”
Mr O’Neill said Rose had been “refreshingly honest” in his pre sentence report and “accepts what he did was completely wrong”.
He said: “He tells me he himself was subject to a violent upbringing by his father and unfortunately violence breeds violence.”
Rose admitted assault causing actual bodily harm to the woman on March 6 last year.
Judge Anil Murray, sentencing, said: “This was a terrifying and serious incident.”
The judge said Rose had a “very bad record” which included assault, robberies, possession of offensive weapons and wounding.
Judge Murray added Rose had caused “greater harm” to a “particularly vulnerable woman”.
The judge said it was particularly aggravating that Rose was on licence at the time but accepted he was remorseful.
Judge Murray said: “I agree with the author of the pre-sentence report that you pose a danger to the public.”
However, the judge explained he would not pass an extended sentence in relation as Rose is already serving an ‘imprisonment for public protection’ sentence for a previous offence.
This type of sentence means Rose, of Birmingham, will only be released when a Parole Board considers his risk safe to manage in a community.
Judge Murray jailed Rose for one year and ten months.