‘Strangle’ man is jailed for 36 weeks

A MAN tried to strangle his partner following an argument, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Richard Mullen’s relationship with Gemma Ford faltered after she discovered he had been texting a number of his ex girlfriends.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said the couple continued to see each other and in March they met up and went to a barbecue together.

Afterwards both returned to Miss Ford’s house where they argued.

Mr Scott said “They began to row and she told him the relationship wasn’t working and it was over.

“She went up to bed. The next thing she recalls is that is that he was on top of the bed.”

Mullen then put his hands around her throat and told her “you’re not going to wake up in the morning”.

He repeatedly punched her to the head, neck and ribs and also slapped her.

Mr Scott said Mullen then continued the attack before coming to his senses.

“He stopped hitting her and began cuddling her. He then went downstairs. Miss Ford followed and told him to leave.”

Miss Ford suffered two black eyes and bruising to her ribs, arms and throat.

When Mullen was interviewed he admitted striking her several times but could not recall strangling her.

On a later date he returned to Miss Ford’s house but a neighbour called police. Officers stopped Mullen on the A158 and found an axe and a balaclava in his car.

Mullen ,36, of Boston Road, Spilsby, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on 28 March and possession of a bladed article. He was jailed for 36 weeks and was given a five year restraining order banning him from contacting Miss Ford or going within 25 metres of her home in Skegness.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said Mullen was remorseful for what he did.

“It seems he over reacted at being rejected.”