Vic­tim flees for her life

Ayrshire Post - - Troon -

A thug who at­tacked a woman and threat­ened to “skin her alive” has been jailed for four and a half years.

Arthur Tait left Lyn­say Cooper so ter­ri­fied she tried to smash a win­dow to get help.

The 36 year- old poured cook­ing oil over his vic­tim.

Her or­deal only ended when pass­ing po­lice heard the 35 yearold’s des­per­ate screams.

Tait was locked up on Thurs­day hav­ing ear­lier ad­mit­ted ab­duct­ing and as­sault­ing the woman to her in­jury in July this year. Lord Burns or­dered the thug to be mon­i­tored for eight years on his re­lease.

The judge told him: “You pushed and throt­tled her to the ex­tent her breath­ing was re­stricted – all over a long pe­riod of time.”

The at­tack hap­pened at Tait’s flat in Ayr.

Pros­e­cu­tor Martin Richard­son QC said Tait branded her “a w*** e” and “threat­ened to skin her alive”.

The vic­tim fled to the bath­room and then used a ra­zor to cut her arm hop­ing Tait would let her leave to go to hos­pi­tal. Tait was ar­rested, but in­sisted it was “lies”.

He went on to be abu­sive to po­lice and se­cu­rity staff at court the next day.

Tait made a “slash­ing” ges­ture at one guard while yelling: “I am go­ing to get you and your fam­ily. I will stalk you. You don’t know what I am ca­pa­ble of.”

Tait also pled guilty last month to act­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner in con­nec­tion with this in­ci­dent.

It emerged he was jailed for six years in 2006 for ter­ror­is­ing an ex- part­ner in­clud­ing set­ting fire to her leg.

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