A Sible Hedingham man who throttled his girlfriend until she passed out has been jailed.
Miles Phillips had moved uninvited into a house occupied by Lisa Fosker and then subjected her to a tirade of physical and verbal abuse on September 22, last year.
Today (October 30) Ipswich Crown Court heard how Phillips, 22, of Swan Street, had become angry when he was unable to locate any tobacco in the property and had ordered Miss Fosker to begin a search for some.
Prosecutor Joe Bird said: “That was an extensive search she was forced to undertake including searching in bins and crawling around on the floor like an animal.”
The incident at Miss Fosker’s home in Haverhill had been “sinister and disturbing”, Mr Bird told the court.
No tobacco was found and it was then that Phillips had dragged Miss Fosker upstairs by the hair, thrown her onto the bed, dragged her back downstairs again and pushed her onto a sofa.
Mr Bird said Phillips had forced his thumbs into Miss Fosker’s windpipe causing her to fight for breath.
Phillips had then thrown Miss Fosker to the floor before putting his arm around her throat with such force that she passed out, only regaining consciousness when Phillips slapped her forceful and repeatedly around the face.
Verbal abuse continued throughout the night and the next day Miss Fosker was ordered to ask a neighbour if they had any tobacco and it was then she was able to relate what had happened, said Mr Bird.
The court heard that Phillips is due to be sentenced by magistrates in Bury St Edmunds next week for an offence of battery involving another girlfriend in similar circumstances, after the attack on Miss Fosker.
In a statement read to the court about the on going impact of the attack, Miss Fosker said: “I find myself getting distressed. It has sent me back to square one with my chronic depression. I have flashbacks of him strangling me”
She added: “No-one deserves the torture I went through”.
Miss Fosker said she was “terrified” that Phillips might try to track her down.
Defending, Edward Renvoize said Phillips, who had pleaded guilty to an offence of assault causing actual bodily harm, had made significant steps to address his problems and obtained a job as a kitchen porter in Lavenham.
Phillips suffered from an anti social personality disorder and required help to cope with it, said Mr Revoize.
Jailing him for 12 months, Judge John Devaux told Phillips that he would be the subject of a restraining order prohibiting him from making any contact with Miss Fosker indefinitely.