Sickening moment ‘controlling’ husband strangles his estranged wife before running her over with his car in terrifying kidnap ordeal – as thug is jailed for six years
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This footage shows the sickening moment a ‘controlling’ husband strangled his estranged wife before running her over with his car when she tried to escape.
Varinder Singh, 28, was caught on CCTV strangling the woman into a ‘semi-consciousness state’ in the car park of a shopping centre in Bradford, West Yorkshire
In the disturbing clip, the victim is seen struggling with Singh, who has his hands on her throat, before she falls on the floor, legs squirming and then stiffens.
Singh then bundles her apparently unconscious body into the backseat of his car before making a dash from the Broadway shopping centre.
In a later clip, the woman is seen opening the door and trying to make a run for it on the car park ramp, before Singh turns his motor round and ploughs into her, knocking her down.
Shocking CCTV footage shows Singh strangling his wife on the ground
Varinder Singh has been sentenced to six years in prison after he strangled his estranged wife and then ran her over when she tried to esape
The brutal attack only comes to an end when fellow shoppers jump out of their car and intervene.
Bradford Crown Court heard Singh was held by police after a group of young men detained him at the scene of the incident.
Jailing Singh for six years, Recorder of Bradford Bryan Cox KC said it was ‘pure good fortune’ that the woman didn’t suffer any serious physical injuries.
He told defendant: ‘The reality is that this was serious violence committed in the context of a relationship in which you sought to control and dominate your wife.
‘It is self-evident from what you did and indeed from your victim’s statement that these offences will have a lasting and profound effect upon her.
‘The CCTV shows you driving your motor car at your victim at some speed. You plainly intended to inflict serious injury.
‘It is a matter of pure good fortune that you did not cause much greater physical injuries.’
The victim, whose name is not revealed, told the court she’d endured flashbacks of the car ‘running over me’ ever since the incident, in which she sustained a knee injury.
Singh then picks up his unconscious wife and puts her in the backseat of his car
Later, the victim opens the car door and tries to run away, but Singh drives towards her, running her over with the vehicle
She said Singh had not been deterred by the fact that they were in a public place, telling the court: “This shows he is capable of anything and I’m not safe”
The court heard how Singh, of Tipton, West Midlands, was married to the woman at the time of the incident, but they had separated.
The pair had agreed to meet up to discuss their divorce at the shopping centre in Bradford on August 13.
Prosecutor Ella Embleton said the meeting seemed amicable at first, but the woman became upset after Singh took her mobile phone and refused to give it back.
Singh, who had no previous convictions, answered “no comment” during his police interview.
However, he subsequently pleaded guilty to charges of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, kidnap and assault in relation to the incident.
Barrister Ayman Khokhar, representing Singh, said his client had difficulty handling the breakdown of the marriage.
He said: “He appreciates it is a matter of good fortune that his emotional meltdown in that car park did not result in more serious consequences for the complainant.”
He said that Singh wanted to return to his family in India and would now face deportation due to the length of his prison sentence.
Mr Khokhar added that Singh had described going through “mental torture” at the time and that the meeting had been a recipe for disaster.
He said his client had tried to convince the complainant to give the marriage another go, but he lost his patience and his sense of self-control.
Mr Khokhar said: “He did not know he was capable of behaving in such a way until it was too late.”
Recorder Cox sentenced Singh to a total of six years in jail and imposed an indefinite restraining order, which bans him from contacting the victim.
As part of the sentence, Singh was also banned from driving for six years and told to take an extended retest.
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