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Jealous David Miller attacked his partner after she took another man's number

The Clare Hill man escaped jail despite assaulting her previously

David Miller at Kirklees Magistrates' Court

A man was lucky to escape jail after attacking his partner a second time.

Jealous David Miller grabbed Tanyka Britton by the neck after discovering that she had taken another man’s phone number at a party.

The 30-year-old was previously jailed for an assault on Miss Britton two years ago.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that the couple started rowing after returning home to Clement Street, Birkby, in the early hours of May 2.

Jill Seddon, prosecuting, said: “They had been together at a family party and argued about this, she says about having someone else’s phone number in her pocket.

“They were on the first floor landing and he called her names, pushed her and punched her three or four times to the face.

“This knocked her to the floor and while on the floor he called her a slag.

“He grabbed her by the head and pushed her against the wall with his hands on her neck.

“She shouted and he told her to shut up and put his hands over her mouth.”

As Miller pulled on the mother-of-two’s hair she tried to break free.

The argument then came to an end and Miss Britton called a family member who then contacted police.

The Huddersfield court was told that in 2014 Miller was jailed for 10 weeks for assault, also against Miss Britton.

Paul Blanchard, mitigating, described the four year relationship as volatile.

He said: “This (incident) included jealousy from both parties having been at a party.

Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield.
Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield.

“He believed she was trying to push him down the stairs but that cannot justify his actions.”

Miller, of Clare Hill, initially denied assault but then changed his plea to guilty on the day of his trial.

District Judge Peter Johnson sentenced him to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year.

He must comply with a community order including 25 days of rehabilitative activities and 80 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Johnson made a restraining order banning Miller from contacting Miss Britton for two years.

Finally he was ordered to pay her £200 compensation as well as £250 court costs and £115 victim surcharge.

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