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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Man grabbed ex-partner by throat, kicked her as she lay on ground

A man grabbed his ex-partner by the throat before he began kicking her as she lay on the ground, a court heard.

Owen Todd, 33, of Thornhill Road, Egremont, visited his former partner Joanne Young at her home to get back a mobile phone he had previously given her.

Their daughter was in the house at the time with another woman who was Ms Young’s friend, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

Todd knocked at the door and his daughter answered. Ms Young then came out to see Todd, who appeared “very angry”.

He wanted to know why his daughter didn’t want to come home with him, the court heard. Ms Young said she didn’t know why and Todd replied that he wanted the mobile phone back.

She went to get it and Todd grabbed her by the throat and pushed her to the ground.

Ms Young claims he continued kicking her to the ribs and upper thigh until her friend intervened.

She suffered bruising and redness but did not need medical attention.

Lloyd Morgan, defending, said Todd only had one previous conviction.

He also described how this attack had taken place amid a troubled breakdown in Todd and Ms Young’s relationship and a dispute over their children.

Mr Morgan said Todd, who is the sole carer of his eldest daughter, denies kicking Ms Young.

Todd was in full-time employment, he added, and pleaded guilty to assault on the day the case was due to go to trial.

Todd was handed a four-month curfew from 9pm until 6am and must pay a £60 statutory surcharge.

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