A UK man was arrested for attacking his girlfriend with a so-called zombie knife – after he was caught in the act by a pet camera he had installed himself.
Anthony Murgatroyd, 38, of Waverley Garth, Beeston, and his girlfriend got into a fight on Nov. 9 about him seeing prostitutes, the Metro news outlet reported.
He dragged the woman into the street, where he beat her before she ran back inside and went to the living room.
The unhinged man then continued his attack inside, pulling her hair.
At one point, Murgatroyd grabbed the terrifying blade and waved it at her before pulling a screwdriver from his pants and attacking her.
But he was caught in the violent act by a motion-sensor camera that he had installed to find out which of his dogs was chewing his furniture.
“This was a prolonged and violent attack involving weapons, and the victim feared for her life during what was an absolutely terrifying ordeal,” Detective Superintendent Lee Berry said.
“She was left so distressed and afraid of Murgatroyd that she felt unable to support a prosecution against him, but once officers secured and viewed the footage from the dog cam they were able to use that as key evidence to progress to charges,” he said.
The man pleaded guilty to assault with actual bodily harm and possession of a zombie knife in private, an offense under the Criminal Justice Act 1988, Metro reported.
Murgatroyd, who also admitted to a previous domestic-related assault, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court to 20 months behind bars.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to tackle violence against women and girls and we take all reports of domestic abuse seriously and use all available means to bring offenders to justice,” Berry said, according to the BBC.