A man with a history of violence against women has been jailed after an attack in which he grabbed his victim around the throat.

Roche Henry, 45, launched a violent “unprovoked attack” on the woman in which she was pushed against a wall, punched and throttled, a court heard.

Eastern Daily Press: Humbleyard, NorwichHumbleyard, Norwich (Image: Newsquest)He had gone to the victim’s home after being released from prison, where he woke her up and she went to a shop with him so they were not alone together.  

Eastern Daily Press: Norwich Crown CourtNorwich Crown Court (Image: Peter Walsh, Newsquest)

Norwich Crown Court heard that as they approached a bus stop at Humbleyard in Norwich Henry demanded the victim take her tights off and was becoming aggressive and shouting.

A friend of the victim walked past and challenged Henry’s behaviour.

The victim left with her friend, but when she returned home, Henry was waiting and carried out the assault.

Eastern Daily Press: Roche HenryRoche Henry (Image: Norfolk Constabulary)

The court heard Henry, who had been drinking, walked away from her on a number of occasions before he eventually left when another tenant came out and encouraged him to leave the area.

The woman had punches thrown at her after she was pushed against the wall by Henry who shouted at her in her face during much of the incident.

She was also throttled by Henry who put his hands around her throat before she ended up "defenceless" in a planter at the flats complex.

Henry, formerly of Millwrights Way, off Sprowston Road, Norwich, appeared at court on Friday having admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm against the woman on October 7 last year.

 The court heard Henry had 46 separate convictions for 90 offences many of which were for violence against women.

Jailing Henry for three years, Recorder Michael Turner said it was an "ugly" incident and a "completely unprovoked attack" on the woman by the defendant who has an "uncontrollable temper".

He said it was only "by the grace of God you didn't cause her serious injury".

Mr Turner added Henry had a "history of violence towards women in particular".

Joe Bird, mitigating, accepted it was a "nasty, deeply unpleasant incident" which would have had a psychological impact on the victim.

But he said Henry, who "struggles with his mental health" and has a series of issues, including ADHD, bipolar, personality disorder, depression as well as behavioural disorder and has, in the past, suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

Mr Bird said on the day of the offence he had not had the medication he needed which added to his vulnerability,

Henry was also made the subject of a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim, directly or indirectly, until further order.