A yoga teacher has told how her cheating fiance threw a radiator at her before threatening her with a meat cleaver which he kept under his pillow.
Sophie Eyers, 28, from St Ives, Cambridgeshire, was left isolated and terrified after 28-year-old Samuel James refused to let her leave the house to see family and friends.
When Miss Eyres discovered James had cheated on her, he threw a radiator at her before threatening her with the lethal blade.
Sophie Eyers (pictured), 28, from St Ives, Cambridgeshire, was left isolated and terrified after 28-year-old Samuel James (pictured) refused to let her leave the house to see family and friends
She was only saved when police, who had been tipped off by a neighbour, burst in to rescue her during his attack on February 2 2019.
James pleaded guilty to coercive and controlling behaviour and assault at Cambridge Crown Court and is now serving a 34-month prison sentence.
Miss Eyres, who has been forced to give up teaching yoga because of her ordeal, said: 'There was a constant threatening undertone from him 24 hours a day.
Miss Eyres was saved by police who were tipped off by a neighbour and rescued her during his attack on February 2 2019
Miss Eyres had been forced to give up teaching yoga because of her ordeal which left her feeling 'very very low'
'To say I walked on egg shells is a massive understatement. He threatened to kill me most days and I was so scared that I could barely sleep.'
She added: 'There were so many violent incidents that I can barely recall them all now.
'If I tried to leave the house without his permission he'd attack me, once he dragged me back in the house by my hair and beat me up.
She continued: 'But afterwards he'd be so sorry and would gather me up in his arms and tell me he loved me.
A bruise on Miss Eyre's arm caused by James during one of his attacks. She said his behaviour quickly deteriorated and he became volatile and controlling
'It messed with my head and I wasn't strong enough to leave.
'I was so thankful when the police finally came to rescue me, I think one of the neighbours called the police and they burst in just as he was holding the meat cleaver to my throat.
'I know for a fact I'd be dead now had they not intervened.'
Miss Eyres first met James through friends in March 2018 and their romance quickly blossomed.
James moved himself into Miss Eyre's house and proposed after eight months in November 2018
He even moved himself into her house and proposed after eight months in November 2018.
But his behaviour quickly deteriorated and he became volatile and controlling.
She said: 'Even when I was trying to do something nice, like booking a weekend away, he could just flip out for no reason.
'He'd accuse me of wasting money.
'But afterwards he'd pretend nothing had happened - it made me feel like I was going mad. That's how he broke me down.
'I was even scared of him before we got engaged, but I knew that if I said 'no' he'd flip out so I just pretended to be happy about it all.
'I was in love with him but I knew things weren't right, I just didn't know how to break free. I felt