A MAN who stabbed and beat his ex-partner after trapping her in a room with her young baby has been jailed for more than 11 years.

Danny Forbes held the 24-year-old captive as he unleashed the abuse in the presence of her infant child.

Entering a home on November 10 last year he trapped the mother and baby in a room by removing the door handle.

She later recanted to police the “horrific series of events” which lasted through the night until officers were called to the home after neighbours heard the woman’s screams.

Forbes had fled the property in Waterloo Rise, Katesgrove, but was later scooped up in London.

His ex-partner sustained multiple serious injuries, including stab wounds.

Appearing at Reading Crown Court yesterday the 27-year-old, of no fixed abode, was jailed for a total of 11 years and three months after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Forbes also admitted two counts of dangerous driving and two counts of driving while disqualified relating to incidents in Clacton-on-Sea on May 28 2015 and in Reading on October 25 2015.

Further charges of false imprisonment, criminal damage and theft were left to lie on file.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Elton Evans, from the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit based at Reading police station, said: “The victim was taken to hospital and described a horrific series of events which carry psychological injuries as well as the obvious physical injuries.

“Working closely with the Metropolitan Police Service, Forbes was arrested in London and was dealt with by officers from Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit in Reading.

“This offence is aggravated by the presence of a baby who witnessed the assault. The sentence reflects both the seriousness of the offences committed and the dangerousness of the offender.”