Derby attempted murder accused told medics ‘I did it, I strangled her’

A Derby builder admitted to three medics he had choked his partner moments after doing so at their Alvaston home.

The 999 call Bradley Souto made was played at Derby Crown Court where he is on trial for attempted murder.

Two paramedics who were the first on the scene of the incident also told the jury how the 31-year-old alcoholic told them “I did it, I strangled her”.

Dad-of-two Souto denies the charge saying when he woke up from a dream where he had his opponent in a strangle hold during a cage fight and was choking Rebecca Jackson.

On day two of his trial, the 999 call he made from the Farm Drive home he shared with Miss Jackson was played to the court.

In it he told the call operator: “I ran a rampage, I choked my girlfriend out she’s very purple in the face.

“She’s going purple and red, I did it to her, I choked it her, I’m very scared, I would like to keep her alive, I have done this myself.”

The jury has so far been told how Souto and Miss Jackson had been in a relationship for around 10 years.

They have heard how when his drinking was at its worse he would down 18 cans of Strongbow cider per night.

He and Miss Jackson separated in January 2019 due to his alcoholism, but reconciled in the May after he agreed to stop drinking so much.

But he started again and on the evening of November 14, 2019, he went to bed “unusually early” followed by Miss Jackson who told the jury she woke from her sleep to find her partner strangling her.

Under cross-examination, defence barrister Nicola Hunter asked her: “You say you heard him say the words ‘don’t worry this won’t take much longer’.

“Are you sure you heard that?”

The 31-year-old replied: “Definitely, yes.”

Paramedics David Gregg and Julie Richards gave their evidence in person at the trial.

Both were, as prosecutor Jonathan Straw put it, “miraculously” passing Farm Drive on their way to a different call when they were diverted to Souto and Miss Jackson’s address.

He asked Mr Gregg: “What did the male (Souto) say please?”

Mr Gregg replied: “He said ‘I did it,’ he said ‘I strangled her’.

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“We were shocked because we thought we were attending a suicide.

“He (Souto) was quiet and subdued, even frightened.”

Miss Richards said when she got into the bedroom where the strangulation happened the defendant was on the other side of the room.

She said: “He sad ‘I did it’ and I asked him ‘what have you done?’

“I replied ‘I strangled her’.”

Opening the case on day one of the trial, Mr Straw said: “This defendant, Bradley Souto, tried to kill his partner Rebecca Jackson and he very nearly succeeded.

“He says in his defence statement that he had choked Rebecca and this incident did happen, but he was not aware of it because he was asleep.

“He says he was dreaming about cage fighting he had been watching on TV and in it he was watching himself in the ring with his opponent in a strangle hold.

“He says he was midway through this when he suddenly became aware that his dream was being acted out in person and it was not his opponent he was strangling but his partner Rebecca.”

Giving her evidence on day one, Miss Jackson was asked to recall what she could about the incident she said: “He had his arm around my neck, it was so tight, really really tight, I was really struggling to breath.

“I just thought I was going to die, I thought ‘this is it now, I am at the end of my life now’.

“My biggest fear was leaving the children without a mum, I absolutely love my children. I just thought ‘I can’t believe he’s doing this to me, I’m dead’.

“I just thought what’s going to happen to my children when I am gone?’.”

The trial, which is expected to last two weeks, continues.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News