Thug who stabbed and beat partner during lockdown jailed for 13 years

‘Obsessed’ thug, 30, who beat his 20-year-old girlfriend and dangled her out of a window by her ankles is jailed for 13 years

  • Rory Farrell repeatedly stabbed and assaulted his ex-girlfriend during lockdown
  • The 30-year-old was ‘obsessed’ with her and monitored her social media pages
  • Farrell was arrested after neighbour noticed injured partner outside their home
  • West Midlands Police say Farrell was jailed for 13 years after admitting assault 

Pictured: Rory Farrell has been jailed for 13 years after subjecting his partner to a horrific campaign of abuse during lockdown last year

A jealous thug who dangled his ex-partner by her ankles from a first floor window during a campaign of abuse in the first Covid lockdown has been jailed for 13 years. 

Rory Farrell repeatedly attacked and stabbed his former lover, who endured months of physical and psychological torment during the first lockdown last year.

Farrell, 30, was ‘obsessed’ with the 20-year-old victim, police said, and continually checked her phone and social media accounts – rendering her a prisoner in her own Birmingham flat.

On one occasion, Farrell dangled her from a first floor window by her ankles and shouted ‘Bye’ as he threatened to drop her before pulling her back to safety.

Her ordeal only ended when a neighbour found the woman outside her flat with two black eyes and blood weeping through plasters on multiple cuts on May 8.

An ambulance was called and police arrested Farrell later that day.

Doctors later found a total of nine knife slash wounds which she had tried to treat herself.

Pictures of the 20-year-old victim’s injuries, shared by West Midlands Police with her consent

Officers from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit (PPU), who are specially trained to support domestic abuse survivors, supported the woman through the investigation.

She revealed a series of violent assaults, starting in February 2020 when Farrell hurled a glass jar at her head just days after his prison release.

Farrell was charged with wounding and admitted the offences on the first day of his trial.

Farrell, who had only just been released from prison for knife offences on the day of his arrest, was jailed for 13 years at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, September 30.

Det Insp Andy Bridgewater from the PPU, said: ‘Farrell became obsessed with her and her life.

‘He convinced himself she had been seeing other men while he was in jail and that paranoia often ended in violence.

West Midlands Police say 30-year-old Rory Farrell was obsessed with his girlfriend. Pictured: the 20-year-old victim’s injuries, shared by West Midlands Police with her consent

‘The woman tried reassuring him nothing had happened but in desperation told him he was right in a bid to stop the beatings.

‘It must have been an awful situation to be in. My staff worked tirelessly to secure evidence that helped convict Farrell, while guiding the woman carefully through the process.

‘We kept her safe and put her in touch with charities who could help her start to rebuild her life.’

Earlier this year, data from the Office of National Statistics showed that domestic abuse calls had risen by 6 per cent during the pandemic.

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