THE chilling moment a woman was viciously attacked by her ex-partner was played out to a courtroom.
The victim had a pillow placed over her head as she was pinned to a bed by drunken 39-year-old Nathan Lorimer during a violent row
Lorimer, of Claremont Court, North Shore, had been found guilty of assaulting his former partner of two years.
He was sentenced to 20 weeks jail suspended for 18 months by District Judge Jeff Brailsford, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, after he listened to the attack which had been recorded on the woman’s phone.
Mr Brailsford told him: “You will never know how near you were to going to jail today. You heard how quiet this court went when the recording was played.
“It was very difficult to listen to without putting yourself in the victim’s position.
“Whatever the provocation you had no right to treat her like this.
“She is a woman who is now frightened to death as a result of this sustained assault.”
Steve Burns, prosecuting, said the couple had met on New Year’s Eve 2010.
The relationship broke down almost two years later but they continued to see each other.
Mr Burns said Lorimer and his ex-partner met up in Blackpool with a mutual friend on September 13. They went drinking and then returned to the friend’s flat .
Lorimer barged into his ex partner’s bedroom.
Mr Burns added: “She knew about his violent controlling behaviour and fortunately had the foresight to switch on her mobile phone’s recording device.
“He accused her of seeing other men and she replied by saying he was an alcoholic.
“During the row he grabbed her hair and pushed her on to the bed.
“He held her round the throat and said he would kill her.
“He held a pillow over her face and she had to move her head to one side so she could breathe.”
Lorimer left the room but then returned. It was only when a little dog became trapped under him and started to squeal that the incident stopped.
Paul Robinson, defending, said his client knew he would be punished.
He said Lorimer had a previous conviction for assault and no longer wished to see the victim.
The judge also put Lorimer on a 16-week curfew and granted a restraining order for two years forbidding contact with the victim.