A man who disguised himself as a delivery driver to carry out a terrifying attack on his ex-partner in her Bradford home has been jailed for three years.

Mohammed Amir Ali wore a mask and gloves to bring a parcel to the door on the property to the south of the city centre, before lunging at her, grabbing her by the throat and forcing her into the living room, Bradford Crown Court heard today.

He had a length of rope and a roll of silver Duck Tape with him for the sustained and planned assault on May 23, prosecutor James Lake said.

Ali, 31, of Holly Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, began to strangle the woman with the rope but it was only when his mask fell off in the struggle that she realised who it was, the court was told.

Ali put tape over her mouth and round the back of her head, threatening: “You’re going to die today. I’m going to prison.’

He taped his victim’s wrists behind her back and put more tape round her mouth to stifle her screams.

He then put two white pills into her mouth telling her they were sleeping tablets.

Mr Lake said that a teenage girl cowering in fear upstairs managed to make a whispered 999 call to the police.

Ali forced his ex-partner upstairs and injured the child’s arm when he grabbed her phone, breaking the glass.

He threatened to take his victims with him, saying: “We’ve got two cars outside.”

Ali then removed the tape from around the woman’s head, pulling some of her hair out in the process.

She shouted out of the window that she had been tied up.

Ali went downstairs and opened the door the police. He made no comment when he was questioned.

The woman was taken to hospital with injuries to her neck and arms. Hair found on the tape confirmed her account that it had been wrapped round her head and her neck injury was consistent with a rope being put around it.

She said in her victim personal statement that she had problems sleeping afterwards and suffered flashbacks. She suffered with back pain and had undergone counselling for anxiety. She was now afraid when people arrived unannounced at her door.

Ali pleaded guilty to breach of a non-molestation order, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by beating and criminal damage.

The court heard that he had no previous convictions.

Michael Collins said in mitigation that Ali intended to move back to Blackpool where his family lived.

He had been remanded in prison since the offences, spending most of the day in his cell.

Judge Andrew Hatton said Ali brought rope and gaffer tape with him for the pre-planned attack on his former partner.

“It’s difficult to imagine the terror she must have experienced,” he said.

He made a five year restraining order banning Ali from having any contact with his victim.