A man who strangled a mum until she passed out – in front of her seven-year-old son – has been jailed.
Gary Jackson, 43, of Cunliffe Street, Chorley, attacked his victim on July 25 near her Chorley home, Preston Crown Court heard.
Jailing him for a total of 27 months, the judge, Recorder Howard Bentham QC, said: “ I have read your letter carefully, but the time has come for you to realise that violence does not have a place in this society.
“The attack was vicious and unprovoked, and must be met with a sentence of imprisonment.”
Prosecuting, Hanifa Patel told Preston Crown Court Jackson had been walking home when he put his hands around his victim’s neck until she fell unconscious.
When she came to, she ran to a nearby pub with the boy, and alerted police.
Officers found the defendant sitting on the pavement but when they tried to arrest him he attacked a PC.
He admitted actual bodily harm and assaulting a police officer, and was in breach of a suspended jail term.
Defending, Anthony Parkinson said Jackson had been “abstinent” from alcohol for 12 months but at the time of the offence had drank four litres of cider.