A Deal man who strangled a woman following an argument has been found guilty of attempted murder.
Alan Brough, 64 of Halliday Drive, was convicted on Wednesday (November 15) following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court in which the jury returned a unanimous verdict.
The court heard how Brough had made an emergency call to Kent Police on the evening of Tuesday May 9, 2017 claiming he thought he had killed the woman and then explained she was struggling to breathe.
During the call Brough said he had ‘just flipped’ and told the operator he needed to be arrested, but later denied intending to commit murder.
Officers went to the address along with paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service and air ambulance. The woman was treated at the scene before being taken to a local hospital. Brough was arrested and taken into custody.
Detective Constable Katrina Whitehead, the investigating officer on the case, said: "This vicious attack was terrifying for the victim who had to be rushed to hospital as she was unconscious and unresponsive. There is never a reason or an excuse for anyone to suffer violence like this.
"Thankfully Brough has been found guilty despite subsequently denying the charges of attempted murder, thereby putting the victim through the ordeal of a trial. He will now serve a sentence that I hope sends a clear message that domestic abuse will never be tolerated."