A SHEFFIELD prostitute thought she was going to die when a drunken punter tried to strangle her in the street.
Dramatic CCTV footage played to Sheffield Crown Court showed the terrified woman struggling on the ground beneath Abrar Khan, aged 24, as he grappled with her.
She broke free after the five-minute ordeal and alerted the police to a road off Upper Allen Street.
Jailing him for five years, Judge Michael Murphy told him: “Some men think prostitutes are easy victims because they will not complain.
“Perhaps because of that they are particularly vulnerable people and the courts are here to protect the vulnerable.
“It was a chilling episode to have to view.
“This may well have been a more serious offence.
“She thought at one stage you were going to murder her which has added to the trauma she has experienced.”
Khan, of no fixed address, admitted assault with intent to rob.
Simon Waley, prosecuting, said the woman, 23, earlier had sex with Khan for £20.
She was on her way home at 4.30am when Khan chanced upon her.
Mr Waley said he walked with her and offered to trade his mobile telephone for more sex.
He pestered the sex worker until she agreed and CCTV footage showed the pair disappearing behind a skip. Moments later they reappeared and Khan suddenly grabbed the woman by the throat.
The woman managed to smash a pane of glass to draw attention to her plight.
Khan let go of her neck and put her in a headlock.
Then he stood over her and said: “I could kill you and leave you and nobody would know.”
She managed to distract him by claiming she heard voices and escaped.
The victim needed hospital treatment for red marks to her neck and grazes to her legs.
She said in a statement: “I thought I was going to die. Getting killed out there would have been terrible, horrible.”
Khan has convictions for robberies, racially aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer.
Judge Murphy said: “In the future if there is any matter like this, life imprisonment will be an inevitable sentence.”