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'I thought he'd kill me and no-one would know I was there' ATTACK VICTIM TELLS OF KIDNAP TERROR AT THE HANDS OF ABUSIVE EX-BOYFRIEND.

Byline: JONATHAN HUMPHRIES Court Reporter jonathan.humphries@trinitymirror.com @JHUMPHRIESECHO

A TERRIFIED woman feared she would die alone in pitch-black woodland after she was kidnapped and strangled by her "human time-bomb" ex-boyfriend.

CCTV footage showed victim Laura Fitzgerald mouthing "help me" after Warren Stocker, 32, dragged her from her home in Eastham, Wirral, leaving their three children alone in the house.

Stocker, of no fixed address but formerly of Bromborough, was jailed for 91/2 years at Liverpool Crown Court after pleading guilty to kidnapping, ABH, criminal damage and breaching a restraining order.

The court heard "strong and wellbuilt" Stocker had previously been jailed for several serious assaults against Miss Fitzgerald, including battering her while she was holding their baby son - showering the infant in blood.

Although Stocker pleaded guilty, he denied the extent of the assault and his victim was forced to give evidence in a legal hearing where the judge decided on how disputed evidence would affect the sentence.

Miss Fitzgerald your behaviour ruined her am quite Judge Steven sentencing At the previous hearing, Miss Fitzgerald said: "He dragged me into the woods by my hair. He strangled me, and he then put his foot on my neck.

"I thought he was going to kill me, I thought I would die right then, and noone would know I was there."

Judge Steven Everett, passing sentence, told Stocker: "I saw someone who to my mind was a human timebomb, ticking away.

"I have no doubt you have a real capacity for uncontrollable rage and exploding into anger.

"You don't see life as an ordinary decent individual should do. You deal with any problems you face by using your fists and any other weapons at your disposal." Miss Fitzgerald was at home at around 7pm on September 29, when she heard one of her children say: "Hello, Dad."

Stocker, who was banned from contacting her by a permanent restraining order, had walked in through the unlocked front door and grabbed her by her arm.

Paul Treble, prosecuting, said: "The defendant subjected her to a catalogue of insults and injuries as he took her on a tortuous and lengthy route around the local area."

The court heard Stocker was determined to find out who Miss Fitzgerald's new partner was, and repeatedly slapped and abused her as he forced her towards Eastham Village.

He punched and kicked her in a churchyard before dragging her to a small wooded area, where he choked and kicked her.

The court heard Miss Fitzgerald was then dragged to Eastham station, where she was seen on CCTV mouthing "help me" to the camera.

said has life, and I sure it did.

He punched her repeatedly around the ribs, before trying to drag her across a bridge.

Everett, Warren Stocker She managed to shout for help and Stocker ran off.

The court heard as well as numerous attacks on Miss Fitzgerald, Stocker had convictions for attacking other women. He was also jailed for affray and ABH in 2003, and for aggravated burglary and making threats to kill in 2005.

Judge Everett said: "Miss Fitzgerald said your behaviour has ruined her life, and I am quite sure it did.

"Any woman unfortunate enough to be in any sort of relationship with you would find themselves at serious risk."

Judge Everett ruled that Stocker was a dangerous offender, meaning he must serve a minimum of 61/2 years before a parole board can consider him for release.

"Miss Fitzgerald said your behaviour has ruined her life, and I am quite sure it did. Judge Steven Everett, sentencing Warren Stocker

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Date:Apr 2, 2016
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