Man tried to choke lover over split threat

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A Clare man repeatedly punched and attempted to strangle his girlfriend in a drunken rage after being told their relationship was over.

Nick Turnbull, from Clarence Road, attacked Kelly Mitchell – his partner of two-and-half-years – after she said they should no longer be together, Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday.

Prosecutor Sarah-Jane Atkins said Turnbull, 38, hit Miss Mitchell in the face after returning to the home they shared in Layzell Croft, Great Cornard, at 2am on July 10.

“He went out drinking and, when he came in, he went to the bedroom, pulled the covers off the bed and punched Miss Mitchell in the back of the head, the face and began strangling her,” said Miss Atkins.

The court heard that Miss Mitchell suffered a swollen cheek, cut lip and damage to her front teeth which required dental treatment.

In a statement, she said she had chosen to end the relationship because Turnbull was “controlling, paranoid and displayed a continually violent attitude” towards her.

Miss Atkins said that when police arrived at the house, where both Turnbull’s teenage son and Miss Mitchell’s young son were also staying, Miss Mitchell was visibly upset and said she had been “choked” by her partner.

In police interview, Turnbull, who pleaded guilty to assault, admitted punching his then-partner.

“He said he needed to be punished for what he had done and a drunken anger had taken over,” said Miss Atkins.

In mitigation, Lyndon Davies said his client had shown “significant remorse” for the attack and was seeking help for anger-management. He was sentenced to a 12-month supervision order, 150 hours’ community work and told to pay £300 compensation to Miss Mitchell.