Man, 41, attacked partner in their home

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A MAN who accused his partner of infidelity before repeatedly hitting and attempting to strangle her will be sentenced next month.

Prosecutor Nicki Miller told Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court that John Francis Watts had drank eight pints of lager when, on May 6, he accused his partner, with whom he had lived for six months, of sleeping with a friend and slapped, punched and tried to strangle her.

“He slapped her again after dragging her into the living room, then pushed her back into the kitchen and tried again to strangle her,” said Ms Miller.

On Monday, Watts, 41, of The Vinefields, Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty to assaulting Sarah Richardson by beating.

The victim’s arms, elbows, hand and nose were bruised during the assault, which also left her head tender, the court heard.

Motivated by fear, Miss Richardson reported the incident to police and Watts was arrested, said Ms Miller.

“He admitted that if he hadn’t been intoxicated the incident would not have happened.

“He showed remorse for his actions during interview and admitted he had done wrong,” said Ms Miller.

Watts was released on unconditional bail while a pre-sentence report is prepared.

He is due to be sentenced on June 18.