Jealous boyfriend loses appeal bid

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A thug jailed for stabbing his girlfriend in the face and throttling her in a jealous rage has failed to convince top judges he is not dangerous.

Hardi Ibrahim Gharib, 31, told his victim she would never see her young daughter again as he carried out his “brutal and determined” attack.

Gharib, of Harlech Avenue, South Shore was handed an open-ended prison sentence for public protection after he was found guilty of wounding with intent at Preston Crown Court in July last year.

Iraqi-born Gharib, who previously served as a policeman in his native land, was ordered to serve at least seven years before his release would be considered.

Top judges at London’s Court of Appeal rejected a challenge by Gharib against his sentence, saying it was thoroughly deserved.

Mr Justice Jeremy Baker said Gharib had been “possessive and controlling” towards the 24-year-old with whom he had been in a relationship for several years before the attack in December 2011.

A row broke out after Gharib became angry about a man she was contacting over the internet.

Mr Justice Baker said the pair were alone in their flat when Gharib launched at her, pulling her hair and striking her.

Gharib got on top of Miss Downey and throttled her with one hand while attacking her with a knife in the other.

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