Strangled partner in late-night row

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THE punishment for a man who beat and strangled his partner until she lost consciousness was deemed too serious for magistrates.

Alens Vejkrigers (39) launched the attack on Elina Sperberga as she slept in bed at their home in Riverside Park, Spalding, after he wrongly accused her of having an affair.

Spalding Magistrates’ Court was told that he had just returned from having drinks with friends on January 28 when it happened.

Jill Darby, prosecuting, said Miss Sperberga was awoken by the defendant holding her by the hair.

She said: “He started to pull her by the hair and she did not know what was happening.

“She heard her phone ringing but she was not sure who was calling so she did not answer. The defendant accused her of having a relationship with someone else.”

Mrs Darby said the phone call was from a friend. However, she went on to describe the attack which followed, where Vejkrigers slapped Miss Sperberga around the face and her reporting remembering “very little” else apart from “being beaten and beaten”.

Miss Sperberga suffered swelling and bruising to her face, ribs and throat as a result of the attack.

Mrs Darby said a medical statement from a hospital doctor confirmed marks on Miss Sperberga’s neck were consistent with strangulation.

Vejkrigers pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm at the hearing last Thursday.

Vejkrigers, who was unrepresented, told the court: “I have nothing to say. I accept the events as put by the prosecution.”

A date will now be set for him to appear at Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing.

Presiding magistrate Robert Chapman told Vejkrigers: “The offence is so serious that you need greater punishment than we can give.”