Court: Grantham man grabbed his partner by the throat

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A man who assaulted his partner by grabbing her by the throat was ordered to complete a “building better relationships” programme.

Gary Neil, of George Street in Grantham, admitted assaulting his former partner after having consumed ten cans of lager earlier in the day.

Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, said Neil, 51, grabbed the victim by the throat and squeezed. The victim was then pulled to her feet by Neil and she “stumbled into the fireplace, hitting her left eye”.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said Neil accepted he grabbed the victim by the throat “for between five and 10 seconds, maximum”.

Mr Macmillan added: “When he came to his senses and realised what he was doing he let go.”

The attack was witnessed by the victim’s 13-year-old son.

Neil was sentenced to an 18-month community order consisting of a supervision requirement and 29 sessions of the “building better relationships” programme on the recommendation of the Probation Service.

He was spared costs due to his lack of means but ordered to pay a £60 surcharge.