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Leek man strangled his ex-partner in a jealous rage

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

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DAD Dean Birchall attacked his ex-partner in a jealous rage after a night out drinking.

The 24-year-old smashed Jade Salmon’s head against a wall and strangled her to the point that she almost lost consciousness.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown court heard Birchall had split up from the victim after a four-year ‘on-off’ relationship, during which they had two children.

On August 16 last year they had gone out for the night in Leek, and Birchall accused Miss Salmon of dancing with another man in Market Place bar Elmo’s.

He asked her to leave several times but she refused, and the two later walked back to Miss Salmon’s Cruso Street home.

Prosecutor Neil Ahuja said: “He said he was going to stay overnight at her address. She said no. He became argumentative.

“When they arrived he said he had left his jumper in the house and was allowed in to get it. He then refused to leave.

“Miss Salmon then refers to the defendant ‘flipping’. He launched himself forward, grabbed her head and shoved it into the wall before dragging her to the floor.

“He then got on top of her and started to strangle her by putting both hands around her throat to the extent that she was unable to breathe properly. She refers to being close to unconsciousness.”

The court heard Birchall then punched Miss Salmon and strangled her again, until she pretended to be unconscious to get him to stop.

He then left and Miss Salmon called her neighbour for help.

Birchall, of Morley Street, Leek, was arrested later that day and initially told police he had acted in self-defence after Miss Salmon attacked him.

However, he later pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Nicholas Tatlow, mitigating, said Birchall was remorseful, had a good job and provided for his children.

Judge David Fletcher handed Birchall an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to do 120 hours unpaid work.

Birchall must also take part in a programme to address domestic abuse.

The judge imposed a three-year restraining order banning the defendant from contacting Miss Salmon.

Judge Fletcher said: “This offence occurred after a volatile relationship had come to an end. It was a very unattractive assault.”

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