A 38-year-old Easter Ross woman feared for her life when her ex-partner held a pillow over her face so she couldn’t breathe.
She told a jury at Inverness Sheriff Court that Sebastian Jaroszewicz, 37, tried to suffocate her as he repeatedly punched her on the face.
The alleged attack took place in Flora Gardens, Invergordon, on July 7. Jaroszewicz denies assaulting her to her injury and danger of life.
Questioned by fiscal depute David Morton, the woman broke down in tears when she viewed police photographs of her injuries, which included a bleeding nose, bruises and scratches.
She told the trial that she had ended the relationship with Jaroszewicz some years earlier and she was “surprised” when he turned up at her house.
She said: “We just spoke first but then he got more aggressive. He said I would not have had all the things I have if it had not been for him. It was jealousy.
“He was going towards me with a kitchen knife saying he was going to kill me. There was a struggle and we ended up in the bedroom. He covered my mouth with a pillow and held me down I think with his knees.”
The woman added: “I was scared for my life. I was defending myself with all I had, scratching, kicking, I am not sure. I was trying to escape and I don’t know how I managed to get out. As I did, he hit my head off a doorframe.
“When I opened the door the police were already there.”
The trial continues.