A domestic abuser who inflicted "horrific violence" on his then-partner before attempting to kill her has been jailed.

Arif Ahmet Alidov, 51, from Edmonton, beat, strangled, and stabbed his partner of 11 years who was finally saved by members of the public. 

He was sentenced to 26 years on April 12 for attempted murder, threats to kill, assault with intent to rob, possession of an offensive weapon, ABH, and strangulation following a trial at Wood Green Crown Court. 

He was previously found guilty on January 29 at the same court.

On July 6 2022, Alidov attended the woman's work place whilst she was working, approached her from behind and pulled her by her hair in an attempt to drag her off the premises, Scotland Yard said.

Colleagues intervened but Alidov grabbed her again before pushing her to the floor, making her lose consciousness.

Later that day Alidov made threats to kill her over the phone saying: “If you try and call the police and tell them about this, I will kill you”.

During that call, Alidov also said that he would make sure that her body would not be found if he did.

The following day Alidov fled to Bulgaria, taking his partner’s passport with him to prevent her leaving him.

He returned to the UK on August 29, the victim received a message from a phone number belonging to one of Alidov’s  relatives stating that they would meet her to return the passport to her.

However when she arrived at the agreed meeting point Alidov was there waiting for her. 

He proceeded to beat her, strangle her and again threatened to kill her.

The following day on July 30 the victim once again met Alidov in an attempt to get her passport back. 

Alidov punched her, causing her to fall to the ground. He then stabbed her several times, leaving her unresponsive.

Passing members of the public called the police and restrained him until officers arrived. 

The victim was being supported by an off-duty nurse who stayed with her until the ambulance arrived.

Alidov was arrested and taken into custody.

His then partner received life-saving treatment at the hospital and was later discharged.

Detective Constable Bex Heitlinger, from the safeguarding team who led the investigation, said:  “This is a really serious case of a domestic abuse.

"On several occasions Alidov inflicted horrific violence on his then partner of eleven years. 
"The final incident of violence led to her being stabbed and left in a critical condition.

“I would like to personally thank members of the public who administered first aid to the victim and who detained Alidov while they waiting for police to arrive. 

"Without them, the situation may have had a very different outcome.

“I would like to use this as an opportunity to reach out to victims of domestic violence and let them know that there is help out there for you." 

Anyone suffering from domestic violence or knows someone who is should contact 999 if you or they are in immediate danger and alternatively, call 101

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

If you cannot talk, dial 999 and press 55 to let the operator know the call has not been made in error.