A MAN has appeared in court over the throttling of the mother of his child in a jealous rage over text messages.
Jermaine Allert broke his bail conditions not to contact Carol Evans or go near her home, Huddersfield magistrates heard.
The 26-year-old was before magistrates yesterday in custody.
The bench was told that he attacked his ex, with whom he has a five-month- old daughter, on New Year’s Eve.
Carole Lawford, prosecuting, said that the couple had separated but on that date they had both been drinking at a friend’s house.
They left together with their daughter and went back to his flat at Holme Park Court in Berry Brow.
Ms Lawford said: “In the early hours of the morning she fell asleep but was woken by the defendant.
“He was shouting at her: ‘Tell me the truth’. He was accusing her of seeing her housemate.
“During the argument he grabbed her by the throat and squeezed tight. She passed out.
“When she came round she saw him sitting in the corner of the room acting in a strange manner.
“She asked to leave but the door was locked and there was no key.”
Ms Lawford said that Miss Evans was stuck in the flat for an hour.
When she was able to leave, Allert made superficial cuts to his wrists and attended hospital.
He left without treatment and handed himself into police.
Ms Lawford said he told police that when his ex was asleep he looked through her phone and saw some text messages he didn’t like.
He said he lost his temper and grabbed her around the throat and squeezed.
Allert said he hadn’t wanted her to leave the flat because he wanted to sort things out.
Magistrates were told that the relationship had broken down following accusations that Allert assaulted another man.
He was on court bail for this when the assault on Carol Evans took place. Allert was bailed by police for the attack on his ex on the two conditions that he did not contact her or go near her home.
However magistrates were told that he breached these conditions on January 9. On that date Miss Evans had arranged for Allert to see their baby and he picked her up.
Ms Lawford said that she was walking home with a friend when Allert arrived in a car and started screaming and shouting at her out of the window.
Miss Evans said he was angry after she texted him asking him to pay back the money she had borrowed from a loan company on his behalf.
She asked him for the cash as she didn’t have enough money to support her daughter.
Miss Evans said she was frightened at the time and just wanted to get her daughter out of the car.
Neil Murphy, defending, said that Miss Evans made initial contact with his client and that the shouting had been reciprocal.
He said that the young couple had been struggling to come to terms with the break-up, but Allert should have stayed away from his ex.
Magistrates agreed to rebail Allert, who will next appear before the court on January 19.