Dersingham man held partner by the throat
A court has been told that a West Norfolk couple are back together and working on their relationship after the man twice held her by the throat.
Michael Fodden, 45, was back before magistrates in Lynn on Thursday for sentencing on two counts of assault on consecutive days and three counts of related criminal damage.
His partner – the victim of the attacks three months ago – was in the public gallery. The court was told she did not support the prosecution.
The first incident on August 22 happened after Fodden had got cross over her cooking, said prosecutor Anna Crayford.
“He punches the wall and smashes a hole,” she added.
The following day his partner returned from work to their home in Burma Close, Dersingham, and found Fodden asleep in bed.
She turned off the TV and he awoke with a “snide remark” and punched another hole in the wall beside the first one.
“He then spat at her with the spit landing in her face which made her feel disgusted and humiliated,” said the prosecutor.
Miss Crayford then described Fodden grabbing hold of his partner and pinning her against the wall before leaving the house.
The court was told the next day he was “right in her face” and shouting, taking hold of her throat hard for about five seconds.
“She tries to shout at him but because her throat was constricted she couldn’t get any sound out,” said Miss Crayford.
After damaging the TV and leaving, Fodden was locked out but kicked through a door panel and crawled through.
“He grabs her again by the throat. With his thumb over her windpipe he held it there for five to six seconds,” said the prosecutor.
Charlotte Winchester, mitigating, said her client was “ashamed and embarrassed” at his behaviour.
She added that he was a self-employed builder and had been drinking too much at the time because of frustration that customers hadn’t paid their bills.
Fodden was ordered to do 150 hours’ unpaid work and undertake up to 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
He was also told to pay £105 costs and £95 victim surcharge.