Attacker had hit a previous partner

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A MAN attacked his partner and squeezed her by the throat while on supervision for assaulting a former girlfriend.

Preston Crown Court head how Nathan Farrington initially dragged the woman along the floor before starting to squeeze her neck hard.

She begged: “You are really hurting me. I can’t breathe. You are killing me.”

But the court was told his response was to grip harder.

The 50-year-old, of Leven Avenue, Fleetwood admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm during the incident in May.

But the court was told Farrington had been placed on a two year supervision order in January for violence towards a former partner.

Kirsten McAteer, prosecuting, said he and the recent victim had been in a relationship for around six months before the assault. Both had been drinking when Farrington was said to have “snapped”.

He grabbed the woman’s upper arms, dragged her along the floor to the bedroom and flung her on to a bed before choking her.

The defendant stopped squeezing when she shouted for a neighbour.

Julie Taylor, defending, said: “He is remorseful for his behaviour. He doesn’t seek to minimise the offence.

“When in drink he acts violently towards partners.”

Farrington was given 12 months’ prison, suspended for two years, with a two-year supervision order and a domestic violence programme.

He was also made the subject of a three-year restraining order, barring him from any direct or indirect contact with the woman.

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