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A man who dragged his ex-partner into a car was stopped from driving off by a dog walker who heard her screams.
Mariusz Jaworski, 47, went to the woman’s home in Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, on 1 April in an attempt to speak to her.
The victim said she didn’t want to see him but Jaworski grabbed her waist and started dragging her towards his nearby car.
The victim fought back and began screaming as Jaworski opened the car door and shoved her inside.
The passing dog walker confronted Jaworski and shouted for assistance when he continued to act aggressively and it was clear the victim was in distress.
Further help arrived and the police were called by a neighbour.
In interview, Jaworski, of Howard Close, Cambridge, admitted what had happened and said on previous occasions he had forced the victim into his car against her will and driven off.
He also admitted regularly going to her home uninvited; even climbing over fences and onto the roof of the property’s extension in an attempt to see her.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of kidnap and yesterday (10 June), at Peterborough Crown Court, was jailed for 13 months and given a five-year restraining order.
DC James Collinwood said: “I’d like to commend the actions of the dog walker and other members of the public who undoubtedly prevented Jaworski from driving off.
“This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim, who was just trying to get on with living her life. We’re working hard to combat domestic abuse and I’d encourage anyone in an abusive relationship to seek help.”
We would strongly urge anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse to contact police on 101 or call the national domestic violence helpline on 0808 2000 247. For more advice and support on domestic abuse, visit www.cambs.police.uk/domesticabuse.
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