A ROW over a television plug erupted when a man pinned his partner against a wall and put a knife to her throat.
The attacker, Kurtis Formosa, had an emotional trouble-torn upbringing, Blackpool magistrates heard.
At the age of just six Formosa had tried to hang himself.
Aged eight he was already heavily using cannabis.
And by the time he was 10, Formosa was addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine.
His lawyer, Daniel Harman, told the court Formosa, 28, of Warley Road, North Shore, still has his cannabis problem.
Formosa admitted assaulting the woman and was given a 16-week jail term, suspended for two years, and two years supervision by District Judge Jeff Brailsford.
He also ordered Formosa to pay his victim £100 compensation.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Formosa and his girlfriend had been together for several months and she was pregnant with their baby.
During a row Formosa cut the plug lead to their TV set.
The row continued and Formosa went to the kitchen and took a kitchen knife with a three-inch blade.
The prosecutor said: “He pinned his victim up against a door and held the knife to her throat.
“Fortunately for her there were friends in another room. One of them came in a took control of Formosa.”
Mr Harman told the judge how a Probation report on Formosa revealed his client’s upbringing and described Formosa as a witness to domestic violence in his family.
He also said there were hopes the couple would get back together again.
District Judge Brailsford told Formosa: “This was a very serious incident.
“What would have happened had the friends not been there as the situation was escalating?
“Behaviour of this sort towards a partner will not be tolerated by these courts.”