Jailed: Domestic abuser dangled partner from window by ankles

TRIGGER WARNING - This story contains details of domestic abuse and photos of injuries.

A domestic abuser who repeatedly assaulted and stabbed his ex-partner has been jailed for 13 years after we uncovered a catalogue of violent outbursts.

Rory Farrell subjected the woman to a three-month campaign of physical and psychological torment during the initial Covid lockdown.

Rory Farrell
Rory Farrell has been jailed for 13 years after he repeatedly assaulted and stabbed his ex-partner in a  a three-month campaign of physical and psychological torment.

Farrell lashed out at the woman on numerous occasions having accused her, without evidence, of cheating with other men.

The 30-year-old was said to have become “obsessed” with the woman, continually checking her phone and social media accounts, and the aggressive scrutiny effectively rendered her prisoner in her own Birmingham flat.

On one occasion Farrell dangled the 20-year-old out of a first floor window by her ankles and shouted “bye” as he threatened to drop her before pulling her back to safety.

Photo of injuries
These photos have been released with the woman's consent to show the extent of her injuries at the hands of Rory Farrell.

A neighbour found the woman outside her flat on 8 May with two black eyes and blood weeping through plasters on multiple cuts. Doctors later found a total of nine knife slash wounds which she’d tried to treat herself.

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

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

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

We charged Farrell with wounding and, though he at first denied the accusations, he went on to admit the offences on day one of his trial.

And at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday (30 Sept), he was jailed for 13 years.

Detective Inspector Andy Bridgewater from our 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.

“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.”

We’re here around the clock to help you if you’re suffering. Call us on 101 to tell us about past abuse or 999 if you need help right now. You’re not to blame. Your attacker is 100% responsible. 

Choose to stop. If you are violent or abusive towards your partner, the Respect phoneline can help you. Call 0808 8024040.

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