Victim flees for her life
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.