A PENRITH woman who subjected her husband to “intentional strangulation” and an actual bodily harm assault is to be sentenced by a crown court judge.

At Carlisle’s Rickergate court, Madara Ivanova, 25, pleaded guilty to both offences, which she committed on September 1 last year.

Prosecutor Carl Gaffney told magistrates that the defendant and the victim, who had been married six months earlier, were cohabiting but not living "as a couple" when she committed the two offences.

“There was an argument over a joke made by the aggrieved party,” said the prosecutor, and it was after this that Ivanova attacked the man, subjecting him to punching and strangulation.

"She also threw a mobile phone and a bottle at the victim."

After hearing a brief outline of the two offences, magistrates said that they felt their powers of sentencing were not sufficient.  They sent the case to Carlisle Crown Court for sentencing.

That will take place on Friday, April 26.

In the meantime, the Probation Service will prepare a pre-sentence report on the defendant. Until that hearing, the defendant was given bail.

This is conditional on her having no contact with he victim and not going to Arnison Court in Penrith. Court records show that the Ivanova, who has no previous convictions, is currently living at Pacific Court, Hull.