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Man throttled and punched terrified mum

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A man who admitted throttling his neighbour in a Great Cornard street has been told he will be released from prison immediately because he has spent so long in custody awaiting sentencing.

Graham White, 60, has been held in prison for nine months which Ipswich Crown Court heard was more than half the term he would have received for the attack.

White, of Cherrytree Road, Great Cornard, had pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

On Friday the court heard from Gerard Pounder, prosecuting, how a woman had asked White if he was alright when she saw him staring at her as she left her home on October 2.

Mr Pounder said the woman, who had her young son with her, was met with abuse and threats from White who said that he would kill her before he ran towards her.

While attempting to protect her son the woman turned her back on White who ran into her, causing the woman and her son to collide with a fence, said Mr Pounder.

Mr Pounder said: “She was very frightened and clung onto her son to make sure he was safe.”

As the woman fell to the ground White had wrapped his legs around her waist, squeezed her neck with one hand while punching her in the face with his other hand.

Mr Pounder said that as the woman felt herself “beginning to fade”, a passer by shouted at White while a second person grabbed his arm and he released his grip.

The court heard that White, who had turned to drink five years earlier following the death of his wife, was diagnosed by doctors as suffering from delirium caused by alcohol withdrawal.

Mitigating, Stephen Dyble said that White had an alcohol dependency which at times could lead to violent behaviour.

Describing the attack as “unprovoked but unpremeditated”, Judge Rupert Overbury told White that if he had not already served nine months on remand,he would have received a 16 month sentence.

White was made the subject of a three year community order, banned from making any contact with the victim or being in the Sudbury area and ordered to participate in treatment to help his condition.

He will also remain under Probation Service supervision for the next three years.

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