Wrexham man grabbed partner by throat in row over tobacco


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN grabbed his partner by the throat and squeezed tightly after an argument over tobacco.

The victim screamed at him to let her go, a court heard.

Andrew Ronald Carruthers, of Empress Road, Wrexham, was described as being in a bad mood on the day of the attack, September 4 last year, because he had not smoked any cannabis and suffered from mood swings.

Angela Poole had gone into the kitchen of the home they shared in Benjamin Road, Wrexham, with a pouch of tobacco and Carruthers, 29, followed her, attempting to grab it.

The two got into a ‘tug of war’ over the pouch and Carruthers gripped Miss Poole by the arm, pushing her backwards into the shower room where she banged into bathroom units.

Miss Poole was not injured at this point but when she tried to take the tobacco back from Carruthers, he grabbed her by the throat and squeezed tightly.

She screamed at him to let go but eventually managed to free herself, taking the tobacco back in the process.

Miss Poole told Carruthers she would give him half of the tobacco if he agreed to leave.

But he refused and asked if Miss Poole would call the police. She replied she would if he did not leave.

After Carruthers left the property, Miss Poole went to call police but was unable to as the phone line was dead.

When she looked out of the bedroom, she saw Carruthers sitting on steps in the back garden.

And he shouted through the letterbox, asking to be let back in.

He eventually left after Miss Poole threw clothing out for him.

Carruthers appeared for sentencing at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Friday. He had pleaded not guilty to the charge at an earlier hearing, but was convicted in his absence at a trial on June 2. He was also sentenced for failure to surrender to bail relating to his non-attendance at the trail.

Alan Humphreys, prosecuting, said: “As a result of the incident, Miss Poole suffered several bruises to her arms but there were no visible injuries to her throat.’”

Justine McVitie, defending, said Carruthers disputed the fact that he grabbed Miss Poole by the throat but accepted he would have to be sentenced on that basis, given it was proved in his absence.

She added: “The facts do create a very unpleasant picture but I would submit that it was out of character for him. Since this offence he has taken positive steps to get his life back on track.”

Magistrates sentenced Carruthers to a 12-month community order, with 240 hours’ unpaid work. For the failure to surrender to bail he was fined £50.

Magistrates also imposed £200 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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