Ex held knife to single mum’s throat and posted revenge porn but was spared jail

A man was spared jail after holding a knife to his ex’s throat and posting a string of x-rated pictures of her online.

Burton Assell, 26, went on a jealous rampage after the mother of his young daughter, Dion House, 23, left him.

Dion, who has waived her right to anonymity, revealed that her former boyfriend became enraged when she moved out of the home he shared with his parents in north London.

After months of erratic and cruel behaviour towards his girlfriend and child Dion escaped from his clutches and moved with their child to Surrey.

She began a new life, getting a job as an office worker and finding her own flat.

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But Assell, who suffers from Sickle Cell Anaemia, could not accept the relationship was over and demanded she return to his north London home to look after him – claiming he was suffering a severe attack of the illness.

But once she arrived at the house he began screaming at her, brandishing a knife.

He dragged her into his bedroom and held the blade to her throat while trying to strangle her with his other hand.

Dion revealed: “He said ‘one of us dies today’ and looked like he really meant it.

“He’s much stronger than me and I was terrified – he’d finally flipped out.

“I kept thinking what would happen to my daughter if he killed me.

“Then he bashed my head against the walls, grabbed me by the hair and dragged me through the house and down the stairs.”

Although police were called, Dion did not want to tell officers exactly what happened as she believed he was having a mental breakdown.

But even when she ignored all his calls and texts, he turned up to her home at 2am on Valentine’s Day and when she refused to let him in he started uploading private photos of her to escort sites.

He even posted a video of them having sex online – a video Dion did not even know had been filmed.

She said: “All the pics he had were from years ago, knowing him he was just waiting to use them against me, I’m annoyed with myself for ever trusting him.

“I had no idea that he had a video of us having sex, which makes it even worse.

The first Dion knew about it was when scores of perverts started messaging her.

She told the police everything and Assell was arrested.

He was found guilty of making threats to kill and disclosing private photographs and handed two consecutive 12 month prison sentences, suspended for a year.

He was also given another four months, also suspended, for stalking.

Passing sentence at Guildford Crown Court in August, Judge Robert Fraser said it was “unusual” to pass a suspended sentence in this sort of case, but said Assell’s deteriorating medical condition and good behaviour since the offending allowed him to make an exception.

Judge Fraser added: “It is very clear from her victim personal statement the publication of those private images had a deeply significant effect on her.

“She has now had to move house, she is isolated, and that’s the result of what you did and your actions. Clearly you intended to maximise her distress and humiliation.”

Dion is furious that her violent ex has managed to swerve jail time because of his medical condition.

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She fumed: “It was a joke really, he kept getting the case pushed back due to his sickle cell and when it was finally seen in court he was given a suspended sentence – so he managed to fully avoid any jail time for everything he did to me.

“He just wouldn’t leave me alone or let me try and start a fresh so I moved far away.

“My daughter and I live near the seaside now, it’s absolutely lovely."

“I have a really good career, nice friends and finally we’re starting to thrive.

“If it wasn’t for my little girl I really would wish I’d never met him but she really is the silver lining to it all.”

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