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Violent Preston thug climbed through window and threatened to kill mother of his kids as he strangled her

LancsLive logo LancsLive 29/11/2022 Rachel Smith

An abusive partner strangled the mother of his children and threatened to kill her, a week after moving back into the family home.

Philip Bolan, 39, had been in a relationship with the woman for eight years when he carried out the terrifying attack on her in July. Preston Crown Court heard how the relationship had been turbulent and at one stage the woman had taken out an injunction to keep Bolan away from her.

However they reconciled and Bolan returned to the address. A week later, the woman invited her neighbour over for drinks. At 11pm they decided to go to the neighbour's house to carry on their evening.

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But Bolan became aggressive, accusing his partner of cheating, Paul Cummings, prosecuting told the court. When the woman left the house, Bolan sent a number of abusive text messages to her, repeating the false claims.

Philip Bolan © Facebook Philip Bolan

At 2am, Bolan's partner returned home and was so concerned at his behaviour, she locked him out of the house. However he managed to climb in through a window. The following morning the woman woke to find Bolan on top of her, with one hand retraining her wrist and the other around her throat. "He was shouting 'I'll kill you' and calling her names, such as 'slag'", Mr Cummings said.

The woman later described Bolan as "frothing at the mouth" and said he was extremely angry. "So angry I believed his threats to kill me", she said. She managed to break free from Bolan and went to call the police, but as she dialled 999 he tried to take the phone from her.

Police arrived at the house and arrested Bolan, who later pleaded guilty to intentional strangulation, making threats to kill, common assault and damaging property. His victim, who has asked not to be named, attended court to see her abuser brought to justice.

Sitting in the public gallery, the woman cried as Mr Cummings read a statement in which she described the impact of the attack. In it, she said "After this incident I had a cough and sore throat and even to this day if I touch my neck it is tender. I have been extremely affected emotionally and I am looking over my shoulder the whole time."

She said she now suffers PTSD and struggles to sleep. "If I do fall asleep I panic, feeling his hands on my throat", she said. She also feels jumpy and zones out when people are speaking to her. "I just want to stay in the house where it is safe. It will take a long time to get over my relationship with Phil, and what he did to me", she added.

Bolan, of Bowland Road, Moor Nook, Preston, admitted what he had done to his partner and in a pre-sentence report said he had spent his time in prison, following his arrest, reflecting on his behaviour towards his ex partner. The court heard he suffered two recent bereavements and is unable to support his father who has been widowed.

He has also suffered the shame of explaining to his three older children why he is not around. He has lost contact with his younger children and will have to work hard to re-establish that, and he will no longer see his victim's older children who he considered his stepchildren, the court heard.

Sentencing, Recorder Jonathan Jones KC said: "This relationship has been, from time to time, tumultuous. At times, injunctive procedures were required to protect your partner from you and there were times when periodically you were absent from the family circle. Such was the time immediately before these matters, by about a week or so.

"You had your hand around her throat and you strangled her, as you continued with your false allegations, and you said you were going to kill her.

"You were frothing at the mouth, and she was terrified."

The judge sentenced Bolan to 18 months for intentional strangulation, 12 months for making threats to kill, three months for common assault and three months for damaging property, to run concurrently. He also made a 10 year restraining order to keep him away from his ex partner.

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