A man has been jailed for a brutal hammer attack on his ex-wife that left her drenched in blood and thinking she was going to die.
In a terrifying 999 call, playable above, a woman witnessing the terrifying assault in Bristol begs for police and an ambulance to arrive, saying the attacker is "ripping her face to shreds".
Sounding petrified, the caller says: "Someone’s being attacked. There’s a man attacking a lady.
"They are being attacked. I’m watching him hit her."
When the operator asks if there are any weapons, the distressed caller replies: "I think so. Oh my god, he’s hitting her."
Chillingly she adds: "He’s going mad. He’s ripping her face to shreds.
"He’s really hurting her. Can I go and intervene or not?"
Alec Butt was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Monday, May 10, after being found guilty of assault causing grievous bodily harm.
The 71-year-old hid behind bins near Anna Butt’s place of work in Whiteladies Road on December 28 in 2019 before seriously assaulting her.
While covering his face to hide his identity, he pushed her up against a wall and used a hammer and a screwdriver to batter her head, arms, and hands.
Anna was taken to hospital but thankfully her physical injuries have healed over time.
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In a personal statement read out in court on Monday, Anna said her final thoughts were of her children as she thought she was going to die.
She said: "I was absolutely terrified. Throughout the attack, despite my constant attempts to fight back and disarm my attacker, I was thinking that I was going to die in that car park.
"I distinctly remember during the incident that I kept seeing my children’s faces before my eyes and also my parents’.
"When I realised that it was Alec, when I pulled his hood down, it confirmed what I already knew; I had been married to Alec for 18 years and I had real fears that he would do something like this."
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However, while physical scars have healed, Anna bravely outlined the emotional toll the incident has had on her and her family.
She said: “There are days where my anxiety is so high that I can’t face leaving the house.”
Butt, of Painswick, continued to deny being responsible for the attack despite the overwhelming evidence collected by police.
He was found guilty by jurors in March following a trial.
Judge James Patrick jailed Butt for seven years and nine months, dismissing Butt’s claim he acted in self-defence.
He added that the jury had seen through Butt’s lies and the remorse shown since conviction rang "hollow" as a result.
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