A VIOLENT thug who throttled his partner during a campaign of repeated domestic abuse has been jailed.

As well as for the violent offences Michael Chittock was also sentenced for a separate case of dangerous driving.

In that incident he ploughed straight into an electricity pylon and a judge said it was 'by the grace of God' that nobody - including his passengers - was killed.

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The 38-year-old of Rymers Lane, Oxford had admitted dangerous driving as well as assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three counts of assault by beating, three of causing criminal damage and one of using violence to secure entry.

He was sentenced for those crimes at Oxford Crown Court today.

Outlining the case prosecutor Robert Lindsey said the dangerous driving incident took place at about 4pm on October 2 last year in Grove.

Chittock was seen overtaking into oncoming traffic and driving at speed and one witness described it as 'some some of the worst driving he had ever seen.'

Eventually the car, which had at least two passengers inside, lost control and smashed into an electricity pylon before Chittock was arrested and taken to hospital.

He was also sentenced yesterday for three separate incidents of domestic violence upon his then-partner in Grove.

In June and July of this year he carried out a number of attacks on one woman and damaged items.

The violence involved 'grabbing hold of her by the throat' as well as as punches to the head.

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Chittock was also verbally abusive towards the woman and prosecutors said there was 'gratuitous degradation' and 'sustained, repeated' assaults on the victim.

He also damaged items during the incidents including a chest of drawers and a door.

In mitigation Kellie Enever, defending, said her client had a history of mental health problems.

Chittock was jailed for a total of 36 and a half months.

That sentence was made up of a total of 20 months for the violence offences as well as 16 and a half months for the dangerous driving, with each of those total sentences to run consecutively with each other.

He was also disqualified from driving for 54 months and one week, and must pay a statutory victim surcharge as well as obey a restraining order against his victim.