Vicious attacker on dating website

BRUTAL: Neil Jephcott attacked a woman he dated

BRUTAL: Neil Jephcott attacked a woman he dated

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He describes himself as a 30-year-old coffee snob who is looking for love.

But this internet lothario is online searching for dates despite subjecting a woman he met on a dating website to an horrific two-hour ordeal.

I was screaming at this point and managed to get away from him to use my phone to call for help.

Neil Jephcott attacked his victim, from Morecambe, threatening to slit her throat and stab her with scissors, then strangling her.

The woman, whose identity we are protecting, has told how she was forced to play dead after Jephcott told her: “One of us will die tonight.”

She said: “I was terrified. I just don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”

The couple dated for a few months but the fairytale soon turned sour.

Jephcott became controlling and abusive, culminating in an horrific argument in which he threatened to slit her throat and kill her.

The woman said: “We went for a drink and when we got home he literally just attacked me. I had a duvet wrapped round me and he pulled it off me and started throwing things.

“I told him I didn’t want to be with him any more. He twisted my right arm right round and held me on the bed with a wine glass over my face.

“He then smashed the glass on his head and tried to get my phone.

“I was screaming at this point and managed to get away from him to use my phone to call for help.

“He then hit my head on the wall and put both hands round my neck and tried to strangle me. I had to pretend to be unconscious.

“He sat on the couch with a pair of scissors and threatened to stab me and slit my throat. He said, ‘One of us is going to die tonight’.”

She said the ordeal lasted two hours, during which Jephcott would calm down, then get worked up again. In the morning he swept up the broken glass and went to work.

Jephcott, 33, of Kentmere Road, Lancaster, was sentenced at Lancaster Crown Court and was given nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, supervision for two years, a curfew for three months, and a five year restraining order.

He now has a new profile on dating websites, searching for a new partner.