A local serial abuser who viciously attacked, raped and smothered a woman with a pillow after being ordered not to contact her has been jailed for 13 years.

James McNutt, of no fixed address met his female victim via a dating app in April last year – but quickly became controlling and aggressive – regularly slapping her and taking her mobile phone to prevent her contacting others.

Despite being on a domestic violence prevention order to stop him from contacting the woman, the 33-year-old persuaded the woman to meet him on the pretence of picking up some photographs in August.

During this encounter, to try to prevent her from leaving, he took her handbag.

He later let himself into her home before launching a violent and cowardly attack on his victim – hitting her across the mouth with her own phone, smashing a glass over her head, stamping on her, attempting to strangle her, then raping her.

He tried to smother her with a pillow – leaving her fearing for her life – and only stopped after she pretended to be unresponsive.

In a previous harrowing ordeal, he had tried choking her claiming that this was the method he would use to kill her.

McNutt was convicted of rape following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court. He admitted coercive control during the course of the court case.

McNutt – who had previous convictions for domestic violence – was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment last Thursday (28 March).

PC Tom Parrott, from the force’s public protection unit, said: “McNutt is a manipulative and violent bully. He ignored the restrictions put on him as he was confident of the level of control he had over his victim.

“Following his arrest he attempted to fool investigators through lies and false alibis but officers were able to put forward a strong case of evidence.

“The thought of what McNutt would go on to do to other women, if he avoided justice, was a major factor in giving the victim the strength she needed to see the case through in court.

“The unwavering support of her family and the West Midlands Police Safeguarding Team enabled to her to stand and face her abuser. I have nothing but the greatest respect for her courage and resilience, and I would like to express my thanks to her for helping to put an extremely dangerous offender behind bars.”

For advice around reporting domestic abuse visit the www.west-midlands.police.uk –


Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWAid) support women and children both during and after domestic violence.

Birmingham Freedom Project – Based in South West Birmingham and supports women and children during and after domestic violence with empowerment and awareness programmes



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