A MAN assaulted his partner, then decapitated her teddy bear and threw its body down the toilet, a court heard.

Andrew Partridge, 27, now separated from Ayla Johnson, had struggled with her to get the teddy off her during the incident at the home they shared in Penymaes, Buckley.

Partridge, now of Grasmere Crescent in Buckley, admitted assault on November 30 and criminal damage to the teddy and other items.

Flintshire magistrates’ court at Mold heard that his basis of plea was not accepted by the prosecution and the case was adjourned for evidence to be called.

The couple had been in a four year relationship, they lived together for three, and they had a two year-old son.

Prosecutor Robert Blakemore said that things started to deteriorate, it led to arguments and the incident which brought Partridge before the court.

He had not lived at the address for some seven days and arrangements had been made for him to collect his son.

But there was an argument about Facebook photographs and the fact that the password had been changed.

He could not gain access and he asked for the password.

It was the prosecution case that he had grabbed her by both arms.

He then grabbed her teddy bear off the bed, ripped its head off and threw it down the toilet.

Partridge grabbed her by the neck with both hands, calling her a bitch, and said that he would trash the house.

It was then alleged that he pushed her back over the banister and that she was only prevented from falling down the stairs by him holding onto her leg.

He pulled her back up and then in anger started to smash the house up.

Partridge kicked two doors off their hinges and smashed a mirror.

Downstairs, he started pulling wooden spindles from the stairs banister, swore at her and she feared for her safety as he held one of them up over his shoulder like a base ball bat.

He struck a canvas print above the fire place three or four times.

When she tried to call for help, he grabbed her mobile phone and tried to stamp on it outside before throwing into the garden of a neighbour across the road.

She feared that he would kill her.

Brian Cross, defending, said that his client was a man of good character who admitted that he grappled with her over the teddy.