A FATHER has been jailed after throttling and punching his wife as their two young children watched on.
Brian Dobson was sent to prison for 22 weeks after Huddersfield magistrates heard how he squeezed on Dawn Dobson’s throat so hard that she feared that she would pass out.
Carole Lawford, prosecuting, said that the 50-year-old suddenly launched the attack on his wife at their home on North Street in Lockwood.
She said that on December 10, Mrs Dobson had been out shopping and met up with a friend of the couple named ‘Wolfy’.
The friend came back to their address and he later fell asleep on the sofa after drinking.
Dobson then started arguing with his wife, calling her a ‘useless mum’.
Ms Lawford said: “He grabbed her round the throat and pressed his thumbs over her windpipe. She thought she was going to lose consciousness”.
During the assault the couple’s two children, aged two and four, arrived home and Dobson momentarily stopped the attack.
Mrs Dobson then took the children away upstairs to a bedroom but her husband followed her.
Ms Lawford said: “He followed her and grabbed her towards him by her hoodie, he then got her by the throat again.
“He punched her several times to her head and chest. He said to her: ‘Pack a bag, you’re leaving’.
“When she was grabbed by the throat again the children saw that.”
The attack ended when Mrs Dobson’s father returned and called police.
Mrs Dobson suffered injuries including a lump to her head, a scratched face and redness and pain around her throat following the attack.
When interviewed Dobson agreed slapping his wife across the face but said she probably sustained the other injuries by falling down.
Magistrates were told that Dobson, of no fixed address, attacked his wife after being released on licence after serving a custodial sentence for assault.
They heard that following the case he was to be served with a non-molestation order to protect Mrs Dobson and a divorce petition.
Magistrates told him they were giving him the prison sentence because of the vulnerability of the victim, the seriousness of the offence and his previous record.