A MAN grabbed his partner’s 18-year-old son by the throat when a family row got out of hand.
Civil engineer Dean Robinson (32), of Parkin Road, Cowbit, became angry when jobless Joshua Moyses returned to the family home after a night drinking with pals.
Robinson, the only breadwinner in the family, made comments about Mr Moyses spending his Jobseeker’s Allowance on drink and being a “loser all his life” and lost his temper when he felt the young man was “back-chatting” him.
Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, said Robinson threw down his newspaper and grabbed Mr Moyses by the throat.
Miss Ritson said: “He felt immediate pain and was scared that he would stop breathing.”
The teenager’s mother had been sleeping upstairs and came down to see Robinson with his right hand clenched in a fist.
Miss Ritson said: “His mother grabbed Mr Robinson’s hand and said ‘get off him, what do you think you are doing?’.”
Moments later Robinson came back at the teenager and grabbed him by the throat a second time.
Miss Ritson said his mother told him to go to friend’s house and she called police.
Robinson pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Moyses on March 22 and was fined £430. He must also pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said the family are back together and Mr Moyses had apologised to Mr Robinson, saying he felt the whole thing was his own fault.
Miss Stevens said Mr Moyses has found himself a job.
She said Robinson regretted the incident and admitted his temper got the better of him.