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garrote

noun A weaponised device used for assassination and as a device for capital punishment in the Iberian peninsula (until being abolished in the late 1970s). Garrotes consist of a choking part (e.g., cord, rope, band, wire, etc.), which is looped around the victim’s neck, and a twisting part, which is tightened until the victim expires. First used by the Romans to dispatch enemies of state, the Spanish and Portuguese used the garrote in the Middle Ages and in the colonisation of the New World.

verb To kill or execute by garroting.
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The outburst came after the 53-year-old was convicted of trying to murder the senior republicans, when he launched a bizarre one-man assault on the Northern Ireland Parliament buildings armed with explosives, knives, an axe and a garrotte.
Stone was convicted on seven other counts, including possession of nail bombs, knives, a garrotte and an axe, plus causing criminal damage to the Stormont building.
I considered trying to throttle myself, using the padlocked chain around my neck as a garrotte.
In addition to the attempted murder of Adams and McGuinness and criminal damage, Stone also denies possessing explosives and being armed with knives, a garrotte and an axe.
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The winner should have a roll of wire and the pleasure of sneaking into the controlled environment used for the latest reality show, Shattered, to garrotte anyone who fell asleep.
Forced to go on the run, the three shoot, stab and garrotte their way through the Deep South, pursued by an increasingly deranged sheriff.
In his letter dated November 24, the day of the crucial Assembly meeting, Stone said he was going to be armed with seven nailbombs, three knives, an axe, a garrotte and body armour.
LOYALIST killer Michael Stone planned his Stor-mont murder mission armed with seven nail-bombs, three knives, an axe, garrotte and armour.
She was strangled with a garrotte made from a stick and cord and her skull was fractured.