Man who strangled partner is spared jail

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A man who strangled his partner and threatened to kill her has been spared jail after she told police she did not want him put behind bars.

Andrew Leeming, 34, pleaded guilty to assault, making threats to kill, and criminal damage, at Preston Crown Court.

The court heard Leeming, of Sutton Drive, Lea, had been in a two-year relationship with the woman, which had been free from problems until difficulties from Leeming’s past reared their head early last year, and Leeming left the family home after he tried to strangle his partner.

That matter was never reported to the police and the couple reconciled after Leeming apologised, court heard.

In August last year, the pair had been to a party together, but had started rowing when they got home.

Leeming put his hands around his partner’s throat and strangled her. The woman told officers she was terrified and could not breath. She thought she was going to die.

During the attack, Leeming also told his partner he hated her and was going to kill her and broke a mirror against a wall.

In November, he was at her home and was drunk. He refused to leave, so the woman went to a friend’s house and asked her friend to check up on Leeming.

The friend returned saying Leeming had taken pills and fallen asleep on the floor.

Fearing the worse, Leeming’s partner contacted his family and, by the time she returned home, the police had arrived.

Leeming was very drunk and said he had taken 28 anti-depressant tablets. A picture had also been broken in the house.

Leeming pleaded guilty to criminal damage, making a threat to kill and common assault. Tom Lord, defending, said his client had been affected by his past and had taken steps to address his drinking.

The woman told officers she did not want to continue in a relationship with him, but thought he needed help and did not want him to go to prison. Recorder Tim Ashworth, sentencing, handed him an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered him to undergo two years supervision.