THE devastating impact of domestic abuse and controlling ex-partners was laid bare in court as a man was jailed for attacking a woman with a machete.

James Brown has a long history of domestic violence against the mother of his child and was sentenced to a total of five years and five months for the catalogue of offences.

The 28-year-old obsessive behaviour had resulted in his former partner being forced to move home on five occasions in a desperate attempt to hide from him.

His victim suffered years of abuse at his hands and Brown had previously been convicted for punching, slapping and strangling her over a two-decade long reign of terror.

Even after the mother of his child moved on in her life, he continued to harass and intimidate her.

In a victim personal statement, the woman outlined the devastating impact that his controlling behaviour had had on her life.

She said: “The whole incident is shocking and upsetting and as I was in fear of my life whilst he rammed my vehicle with his. I did not know why James attacked me in this way but believe it is due to the fact I have moved on and am now in a happy relationship.

"James is still trying to control me and not allowing me to move on and be happy which is having a significant impact on my daily life. I now feel he may turn up at any time no matter where I am and this frightens me.

“My car is new and something I rely on due to disability. I use the car to get the kids to school and it also gives me freedom to get around.

"I feel James is taking this away from me and the cost and time of repair is again going to negatively impact on my life. This incident has really shocked me at a time when I was just starting to feel happy again."

Earlier this week, Teesside Crown Court heard how in January 2019 Brown, pictured below, repeatedly rammed her car after spitting in her face before following her and continuing his attack. He then threatened a man with an iron bar when he tried to intervene.

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Almost a year later, he turned up on her doorstep unannounced before smashing her car windscreen and attacking her with a machete.

Brown, of Laurel Road, Stockton, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, having a blade, breaching a restraining order and criminal damage.

He denied and was convicted of dangerous driving, assault, threatening behaviour and failing to surrender.

"You were out to absolutely drive her to within an inch of her life in terms of her safety and her fear," said Judge Jonathan Carroll. "It was just nasty, mean-spirited bullying of your victim."

He added: "There comes a point that it just has to stop. You've shown an unwillingness to do that for yourself and it's now my duty to make it stop by virtue of this prison sentence."