AN RAF pilot accused of trying to strangle his partner to death was described as a 'true gentlemen' as his trial entered the closing stages yesterday.

Helicopter pilot Timothy Barry is currently on trial at Oxford Crown Court charged with attempted murder.

Prosecutors claim that the RAF flight lieutenant attempted to kill his partner by strangulation in the early hours of January 14, 2018, at the cottage they shared in Cuxham.

The 31-year-old of Mill View, Cuxham, has already admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to the incident but denies the more serious charge.

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As the trial continued yesterday jurors heard from a number of witnesses who spoke of Barry's character.

One, fellow RAF pilot Christopher Billows, said that Barry was a 'true gentleman.'

Another witness, flight lieutenant Charles Emmerson, described Barry as having a 'calm, rational and a diluting demeanour.'

He said that Barry would be the one who would resolve conflict if it occurred between colleagues without losing his temper.

Talking of the allegation he said: "It's absolutely out of character.

"I would never have foreseen that to have happened."

After the jury heard from the last remaining witnesses in the trial prosecutors and defence barristers began to deliver their closing arguments.

Presiding Judge Ian Pringle QC will next sum up the case to the jury before they begin their deliberations.

The trial continues.