A South Norwood man who threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend while trying to break into her house has been jailed.

On November 21, Racine Ndiaye, 43 of Cresswell Road, was yelling through the door of his ex-partner's door.

The woman, in fear for her life, called the police and Ndiaye fled the scene prior to their arrival.

Later that day at approximately, Ndiaye returned to the house and broke in through a window.

Ndiaye took a knife from the kitchen. The victim, who was upstairs, saw Ndiaye and ran into the bathroom and locked the door.

When she began climbing out of the window in an attempt to escape, Ndiaye kicked down the door and grabbed her as she dangled from the window ledge.

She fell to the ground suffering a broken ankle.

Ndiaye then ran outside and began repeatedly punching and kicking her, despite the intervention of members of the public.

Police were called by a member of the public. Ndiaye fled the scene prior to police arrival.

The victim was taken to a south London hospital with significant facial injuries, as well as a broken ankle.

Ndiaye was arrested later that evening.

He was found guilty on 6 April at Croydon Crown Court of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, burglary with intent to commit GBH and common assault.

At a hearing in Woolwich Crown Court on May 4, he was jailed for 13 years and served with a restraining order on the victim.

Detective Constable Milo Horvath, of Croydon CID, said: “This lengthy sentence reflects how seriously police and the courts take vicious attacks such as this.

“We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure violent individuatls such as Ndiaye are placed before the courts.”