A Valium addict put his arms round his ex-girlfriend’s throat after he awoke to seek out she had flushed his tablets down the bathroom.
David Cummings, 28, assaulted his former associate within the bed room of her Birtley house – making her worry for her life, a courtroom heard.
The commotion woke their sleeping son, who got here into the room and pleaded for his dad to cease – after which referred to as his gran for assist.
Ex-heroin addict and convicted burglar Cummings, of Duddon Place, Beacon Lough, Gateshead, pressed so onerous he inflicted reddening on Tuesday, Might 25.
Prosecutor Lesley Burgess mentioned: “They had been in an on-off relationship for 11 years and have three kids collectively.
“The defendant has lapsed into medication misuse over time however was clear for a while, however now has an dependancy to Valium.
“She states that he can go to the property to see the kids however not if he’s taken medication.
“He was on the property and had fallen asleep within the kitchen. She took the chance to look by his pockets.
“She discovered blue tablets, and he or she flushed them down the bathroom.
“She’s gone to mattress, and he’s woken up at 4am and has gone into her room and he says, ‘The place the f*** are they?’
“He grabs her throat and squeezes down on her windpipe. She fears for her life.”
Ms Burgess added: “She slapped his face in order that he would let go. Their son hears what’s occurring and comes into the room.
“He shouted for the defendant to cease. He then phoned his gran, who referred to as the police.
“The police come, and so they can see reddening round her neck. She described feeling sick after the incident.
“This incident is aggravated by the actual fact kids had been current, and that his arms had been positioned on her windpipe.”
She mentioned Cummings had a “surprising report” of 47 earlier convictions from 93 offences, including: “The defendant is a burglar, they’re dishonesty offences.”
Tom Iceton, defending, mentioned: “This offence is out of character. He does have a report, however ordinarily, for dishonesty.
“At one time he was a heroin addict, and he was stealing to feed his behavior. He’s been off heroin for a number of years.
“Since quitting heroin, he’s change into hooked on Valium as a prescription drug. He’s not going off shopping for it, it’s prescription.
“Typically he builds them up and takes greater than he ought to do.
“On this explicit event, he awoke and requested the place his Valium was.
“They had been pushing one another round the home. He says he goes to push her and goes in direction of him. He didn’t imply to seize her neck.
“She confirms that she slaps his face and pushes him away. All of it comes about to his dependancy to prescribed drugs.”
Magistrates adjourned the case for an all-options report, and Cummings shall be sentenced on the similar courtroom on Monday, June 21.
He was granted bail on situation he lives and sleeps at his house tackle, doesn’t contact the sufferer, aside from youngster care points, and doesn’t enter Birtley.