A husband pushed his estranged wife onto the sofa during a row.
Terence Davidson left a small red mark on the neck of his wife after an incident at the marital home.
Josephine Jones, prosecuting, told a hearing at Lynn magistrates that the couple’s 27-year relationship had come to an end.
The court heard on Friday that Davidson had returned to the home in Feltwell on September 12 to try to talk to his wife.
But Miss Jones said that Davidson pushed his wife in the throat which caused her to fall onto the sofa.
Davidson, 43, of Launditch Crescent, Downham, admitted the assault charge.
In mitigation Ian Graham told the hearing that Davidson had taken the break-down of his relationship badly and had tried to take his own life.
Mr Graham said: “It appears both parties have tried to reconcile but it doesn’t necessarily work out.
“Mr Davidson is of the opinion that he has to move forward and accept help and advice.”
He said this was a low level type of assault.
Magistrates have adjourned the case until Friday, October 25, for probation officers to conduct a full report.
He was released on conditional bail.