Builder who nearly suffocated girlfriend while sleeping was sentenced to 18 years in prison for attempted murder

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Builder who nearly suffocated his girlfriend, claiming he had a dream about cage fights, gets 18 years in prison for attempted murder

  • Bradley Souto, 30, assaulted his partner Rebecca Jackson while she was sleeping in 2019
  • He said he dreamed of cage fights and the opponent was in the cheek
  • Father-of-two Souto was sentenced to 18 years in prison today following the Derby Crown Court trial

30-year-old Bradley Souto was sentenced 18 years today for attempted murder of Rebecca Jackson

30-year-old Bradley Souto was sentenced 18 years today for attempted murder of Rebecca Jackson

A contractor who nearly suffocated his girlfriend and claimed he had a dream about cage fighting has been convicted today of attempted murder.

30-year-old Bradley Souto was sentenced to 18 years in prison for assaulting his partner Rebecca Jackson in her sleep in Alvaston, Derby, in November 2019.

He claimed that he had been dreaming about cage fights and that his fictional opponent was in a stranglehold before waking up to find that he had his hands around her neck.

After Mrs. Jackson passed out, Derby Crown Court overheard him calling his mother, who told him to contact emergency services.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and were able to save the life of Mrs. Jackson, the mother of Souto’s two children.

Souto was arrested and charged with attempted murder, which he denied during a two-week trial at Derby Crown Court. Jurors found him guilty of the charges.

In a victim impact statement read to court today, Ms. Jackson explained that her life was “ completely turned upside down ” by the attack.

She said, “I face the consequences of his actions every day, and so do my children.

‘I can’t imagine a time when my life will ever be normal again.

‘I can no longer allow my children to hug me around my neck, it upsets and panics and makes me shiver at the feeling.

Souto claimed that he had been dreaming of cage fighting and that his fictional opponent was in a stranglehold before waking up to find that he had his hands around her neck.  Pictured: the scene in November 2019

Souto claimed that he had been dreaming of cage fighting and that his fictional opponent was in a stranglehold before waking up to find that he had his hands around her neck.  Pictured: the scene in November 2019

Souto claimed that he had been dreaming of cage fighting and that his fictional opponent was in a stranglehold before waking up to find that he had his hands around her neck. Pictured: the scene in November 2019

‘The kids now know they can’t hug me around my neck. They know Bradley hurt my neck and the reason why I don’t like it.

‘I don’t think the kids will hurt me, but the feeling of arms around my neck is no more comfort to me.

‘The thought of a new relationship scares me, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to be in a relationship again.

‘Right now I don’t want a new relationship. I don’t know at this point if I could ever trust someone else enough to start a relationship with them.

‘I do know that the thought of sharing a bed with someone once scares me again.

‘I am lucky to have had my family around me. My parents and sister have been so supportive to me through this difficult time, and I couldn’t have made it through if it wasn’t for her and my kids. ‘

Officer Joe Lovelock, who led the investigation, said: “This was an extremely unusual case and could have seen so easily that a murder charge was being filed in court — if it had not been so close to an ambulance site.

The case was based on an expert analysis of Souto’s allegations, along with Rebecca’s compelling evidence.

One can only imagine the shock and bitter terror she must have felt that night and I can only thank her for her steadfastness and unwavering support for the cause.

“Almost a year and a half after that night, the impact of Bradley Souto’s actions can still be felt, but I hope today’s punishment will bring Rebecca to a close and allow her to rebuild her life.”

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