South Shields domestic abuser jailed for strangling partner and telling her 'I'll murder you'

Ryan Whittington was jailed for 23 months
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A South Shields domestic abuser who strangled his partner and told her, "I'll murder you", has been put behind bars.

Ryan Whittington left the vulnerable woman battling PTSD and flashbacks after subjecting her to a terrifying assault that left her swollen and bruised. The 35-year-old went on to self-harm after the attack and was arrested as he was being treated at South Tyneside Hospital.

On Tuesday, Whittington, of Willow Grove, South Shields, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court, via link from HMP Durham, to be sentenced for intentional strangulation. He had pleaded guilty to the charge.

The court heard that on October 25, last year, police were called to a home in South Shields after reports Whittington had self-harmed after assaulting his then-partner. The call had been made by the victim.

Glenn Gatland, prosecuting, said: "Police went and spoke to her. She said her partner, the defendant, had slit his wrists. Her face was swollen and bruised. She had visible injuries caused by the defendant.

"She had bruising around her left eye and said he had grabbed her by the throat, causing bruising. He was squeezing her throat tightly, and she was struggling to breathe. He then went to the kitchen with blood on his hands, and pointed a knife at her. He said, 'I'll kill you, I'll murder you'".

Whittington was later arrested at hospital and initially claimed self-defence. In a victim statement, the woman said she had PTSD which had been "triggered" by Whittington, and also suffered flashbacks. She added that she would "wake up screaming" in the middle of the night.

The court was told Whittington had a "poor history of domestic violence", and had previous convictions for battery. He also had previous convictions for stalking, harassment and breach of restraining orders.

Robin Turton, defending, said it was not necessary to send Whittington straight to prison, and said he suffers from paranoia, anxiety and jealousy. He said: "The defendant has had considerable time to reflect on his behaviour. He is ashamed and intends to work upon himself. He understands the victim would have be scared by his actions."

Mr Turton added that Whittington has "abandonment issues" and has an "inability to deal with conflict appropriately".

Recorder David Gordon jailed Whittington for a year and 11 months. He also made him subject of a 10 year restraining order.