Kitchen choke attack terror

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

A man has pleaded guilty to assault when an argument got out of hand and he grabbed his partner by the throat and pushed her against a fridge.

Gareth Fearnhead, of Princes Avenue, Tyldesley, admitted assault by beating when he appeared at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.

Nicola Ormerod, prosecuting, said that on March 13 the 36-year-old was involved in an altercation with his partner, Georgina Farrimond.

She said: “He becomes aggressive and Ms Farrimond asks him to leave.

“He says he is not going anywhere and grabs her arm, pulling her back.

“She says he grabbed her around the throat and she starts to choke, forcing her against a wall.

“Her mum managed to pull him off and they pushed him out the door.

“He then began shouting through the letter box.”

Ms Ormerod added that Fearnhead had previous convictions for a domestic assault on a male and was on police bail at the time he committed the offence.

A victim impact statement from Ms Farrimond read: “I feel so vulnerable and don’t know what to do.

“I am scared for me and my mum.”

Karen Schofield, defending, said Ms Farrimond asked her mum, Nora, to come round as Fearnhead was being verbally aggressive.

She said: “She asks him to leave and pushes him out the door.

“Her mum tries to calm her down and they wait a while as he is still at the back door.

“She describes her daughter trying to close the door and he blocks it.

“He grazes his shin and she falls back on to the fridge and grazes her arm.

“He did grab her around the throat and her mum pulls him off.

“He does have previous convictions for assaults against his male cousin but he has been trying to steer clear of trouble.”

Fearnhead was released on conditional bail while a pre-sentence report is prepared and will next appear at Wigan Magistrates’ Court on March 29.