It is a frequent feature of non-fatal domestic assault, as well as rape and robbery where women are the victims. The pathology report showed her injuries could not have been inflicted by a dressing gown cord and the force used was excessive. Susan Edwards, a barrister and law professor, has spent decades fighting to make strangulation a stand-alone offence. They went on a date: dinner and drinks. The next day, I saw the bruises on my chest. Chloe Miazek, 20, who was strangled by Mark Bruce after meeting him at a bus stop and going to his flat in Aberdeen in November Hannah Pearson, from Lincolnshire, was 16 when she was strangled by James Morton, 24, whom she had met on the day of her death in July The sex game gone wrong was something the police or Crown Prosecution Service came up with, not the defence.