Dreamboys stripper group founder David Richards tried to murder wife Alex Alam

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The trial in November heard how she managed to escape from Richards as blood poured from her wounds, running back into her home in Stock, Essex.

She dialled 999 to call police and made a desperate FaceTime call to the former The Only Way is Essex star, telling him: “I am dying.”

Norcross described seeing her covered in blood during her call as like “a horror movie” , the court was told.

Richards, who sold his company running the Dreamboys for more than £1 million in 2019, denied attempted murder – claiming he acted in self-defence. However, it took a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court only three hours to convict him last November.

He will now serve at least two-thirds of his 27-year sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Speaking after the hearing, Det Con Jenny Clarke – investigating officer from the Essex Police Domestic Abuse Investigation Team – praised Ms Alam, who wept throughout the hearing, for her courage.

She said: “I want to praise the determination and dignity Alex has shown throughout this investigation.

“Not only has she given our team her full support and time while healing from one of the worst situations imaginable, she’s done so whilst being a pillar of support for her children, who are understandably deeply affected by the aftermath of the incident.

“I also want to personally thank the support network of friends and family who have been behind Alex from day one, throughout this incredibly tough time.

“Richards subjected Alex to a horrific ordeal and left her with injuries which will affect her for the rest of her life.

“Despite this, she has bravely given vital evidence in court and helped ensure he will be behind bars for the foreseeable future.

“He thought he could commit a dreadful crime, flee, and get away with it. He’s been proved wrong.”

‘Horrific events’

Following the verdict on Thursday, Alex’s support network issued a statement on her behalf.

They said: “Alex is very much still coming to terms with the events that took place on April 3 last year.

“Although justice has been served today, it is far from the end for her and her children.

“She would also like to take the opportunity to say thank you to those who have supported her. Firstly, Next Chapter, a domestic abuse charity who have worked closely with her throughout.

“Jenny Clarke and Tom Bassett, from Essex Police, who led the investigation and maintained such a high level of compassion and consideration, and her barrister William Carter, who represented Alex in court, along with the team at Basildon Hospital who cared for her during her time there.

“Lastly and most importantly, her close friends and family who have supported her and her children every step of the way.

“Alex would like to ask the media to respect her privacy whilst she and her family begin to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of these horrific events.”

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