Woman strangled husband and hurled his clothes out of house 'after affair'

A Leeds woman threw her estranged husband's clothes out of her home before grabbing him by the neck, pinning him against the wall and saying she would kill him in a violent attack.

Claire Platt, 46, and her husband had been arguing on September 30 last year, but things turned violent the next day when he showed up at the home. Leeds Crown Court heard on Tuesday that the man had been told Platt was "throwing his clothes into the garden".

Prosecutor Ella Farnsworth told the court: "He asked how she would like it if he did it to her belongings. He walked past her and she grabbed him by the throat with two hands and pinned him against the wall in the hallway, sinking her nails into his throat.

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"He recalls his breathing becoming restricted for around 20 seconds and remembers her telling him she was going to kill him."

The attack eventually came to an end, and Platt, of Haighside Close in Leeds, was arrested after being found by police upstairs in the property. She told police in a prepared statement that she acted in self defence after the man arrived "shouting and screaming".

Ms Farnsworth said: "She said he made comments about the woman with whom he had had an affair. She said he pushed the door open, hitting her in the chest, and then got into her face and she put her hands out to protect herself from him."

The court heard the man suffered injuries to both sides of his neck during the attack. In a ten-page victim personal statement, he described being left in "complete shock" and said he has suffered nightmares about Platt. Ms Farnsworth said he suffered with "shame and embarrassment at work, having to vocalise what had happened to colleagues".

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The prosecutor added: "He never thought anyone would believe him about what happened."

It was said Platt had no previous convictions on her record. She was found guilty of intentional strangulation and assault occasioning actual bodily harm at trial.

Mitigating, Michael Walsh, said a pre-sentence report had been prepared in the case. He said: "It is clear that this was a relationship that was under strain for a good period of time. It is right she denied the offence, but denied it to an extent she was asserting she had acted in self defence."

The court heard there had been "multiple" police callouts during the couple's relationship. Recorder Green KC told the court: "There have been multiple callouts which touch on various occasions accusing the other. I'm not here today to adjudicate whether she was the sole abuser in the relationship or vice versa but what she did was to strangle a man...and it left marks on him."

Mr Walsh said Platt "regrets her actions".

Recorder Green made her the subject of a 36-week sentence suspended for two years, during which she must undertake 150 hours of unpaid work and 25 days rehabilitation activity requirement. A restraining order was also put in place.

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