Man ‘tried to strangle girlfriend’

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man attempted to strangle his girlfriend then threw her out of the front door by her hair and punched her in the face, a court was told.

Paul Westby, 28, formerly of Sycamore Drive, Wesham, now of no fixed address, admitted assaulting his victim.

Westby was bailed by Blackpool magistrates for a hearing where evidence from both prosecution and defence witnesses will be heard to determine the exact degree of the charge against him.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said the couple lived together and had a baby.

On May 5 Westby’s girlfriend said he launched an unprovoked attack on her as she was sitting on the sofa at his sister’s home.

She said he put both hands round her throat, squeezed and she could not breathe, the court was told. He then grabbed her by the hair, dragged her out of the front door and punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground.

Alan Godwin, defending, told magistrates Westby, who had no previous convictions of any kind, said his partner and his sister were fighting. He wanted to stop them but he was a bit heavy handed.

Westby denied trying to strangle his partner but admitted punching her, Mr Godwin added.

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