Man who ‘identifies’ because the Joker from Batman accused of making an attempt to strangle ex-girlfriend to loss of life | EUROtoday

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An obsessed ex-boyfriend who “identifies” because the Joker from Batman tried to homicide his girlfriend by choking her twice after she “rejected” him, a court docket has heard.

Anthony Yewman, 45, who recognized with the notorious movie villain, is accused of making an attempt to “squeeze the life out of” Jenny Dalton after she threatened to go away him.

Prosecutors allege he left Ms Dalton “helpless, vulnerable and scared” after choking her till she handed out, earlier than seeing her get up and telling her he would “finish you off” after which kill himself along with his a knife.

He then in a “very determined” try at strangulation attacked her once more, nevertheless Ms Dalton was saved as her daughter banged on the door on August 30 final yr.

Yewman, who has various face and hand tattoos, denies tried homicide in addition to various prices of GBH with intent and intentional strangulation.

Opening the trial on Wednesday at Southampton Crown Court, Prosecutor Matthew Farmer mentioned they’d been in an “on-off relationship” for 2 years by which there have been “numerous break ups”.

“She was clearly in love with him and he was obsessed by her,” he mentioned.

In makes an attempt to win her again, the court docket heard he would present her flowers, or spray-paint the wall in her backyard saying: ‘I’m sorry I really like you, you’re my soul mate’.

On one other event, he used chalk to write down ‘met my soulmate when met you’ and referred to her as having his surname.

Detailing Yewman’s affiliation to the comedian e-book villain, Mr Farmer added: “After he was arrested he wrote letters proclaiming his love.

“He refers to himself as the Joker from Batman.

“He identified with the Joker and calls her Harley Quinn.

“It was a constant theme between them, he was the Joker and she was Harley Quinn.”

In May 2023, Ms Dalton needed to name the police as a result of Yewman had ‘refused to leave the garden’ of her property in Fordingbridge, Hants.

Mr Farmer mentioned: “We suggest that he became more and more obsessive about her.”

The following month, in June, she went to a girls’s refuge to “get away” from Yewman earlier than she was “persuaded” by him to go away.

Mr Farmer mentioned Yewman had beforehand met her on the airport with flowers and managed to seek out her on the precise deal with of the refuge in Seaford, East Sussex.

The court docket heard he left flowers for her and was seen outdoors over various days.

“Mr Yewman turned up at the refuge over a period of days and eventually go her to come away with him, thinking he was not going to press their relationship anymore,” he mentioned.

The couple went again to Ms Dalton’s deal with simply two days earlier than the eventual assault.

“It was made plain he was her ex-partner,” Mr Farmer added.

“She told him again that their on-off relationship was off and she wanted to leave him.

“He could not accept what he was hearing and that’s when he attacked her, strangling her so severely she was left unconscious on her bedroom floor.”

The court docket heard she woke as much as Yewman blowing into her face making an attempt to resuscitate her earlier than he walked over to a mirror and began reducing his neck.

When she objected he checked out her and mentioned: “Oh you’re alive.

“I’ll finish you off and then I’ll do myself.”

Ms Dalton was “helpless, vulnerable and scared” after the primary assault.

Describing the second, Mr Farmer continued: “Lifting her onto the bed, placing both hands on her neck and trying with all his might to squeeze the life out of her.

“It was a very determined attempt – this was an attempt to kill.

“She thought she was going to die.”

The court docket heard it was solely by means of the shouting of her 21 yr previous daughter, Juliette, that Yewman “desisted”.

“This saved her life and he released the grip,” he added.

He mentioned she was taken to hospital after “mercifully surviving the attack” however stays “severely traumatised”.

Ms Dalton’s daughter known as the police and he was arrested.

The week-long trial continues.