Mansfield man who strangled his partner is spared jail

A MAN who attacked his partner twice by strangling her has been spared a custodial sentence.

Craig Davidson (30) of Beck Crescent, Mansfield, admitted the altercations on 1st January and 27th January during a hearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told how Davidson and his partner had been together for over ten years and had three children together.

But the relationship soured in 2011 when Davidson began having an affair.

Davidson and his partner then decided to give their relationship another try, but it turned violent on New Year’s Day at around 2am when the couple returned from the pub where they had celebrated the festivities.

Following an argument he threw her on the floor and began strangling her, although she admitted it felt more to scare her rather than harm her.

Then on 27th January, after returning from the pub, Davidson fell asleep and his suspicious partner went through his mobile phone and internet history only to discover he 
had been messaging other women.

When he woke up an argument ensued which involved pushing her, throwing her in the bath and strangling her again.

However, this time the victim said she felt he really wanted to hurt her.

The victim and the couple’s children have since moved away.

Defending, Matt Derbyshire, said Davidson was remorseful and ashamed of his behaviour.

He said his client was prone to self-harming, and had thrown himself down the stairs and hit himself with a wine bottle after the arguments.

The magistrates jailed him for 12 weeks, suspended for a year, and told him to pay £80 compensation and £60 costs.