Grabbed partner by the throat

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A MAN who forced his partner up against a door by her throat at a house in Holbeach has been given a two-year community supervision order.

Matthew Twitchen (29) must also attend an accredited domestic abuse programme and pay £85 court costs after assaulting Cherie Smith on April 18.

The case, which was heard by Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, had been adjourned from May 9 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said the couple had being having a confrontation about Twitchen being in touch with another woman who he had a child with.

Miss Ritson said Miss Smith had told Twitchen she was not scared of him, even though she was.

She told how he punched the kitchen door frame before grabbing Miss Smith around the throat and forcing her up against the door.

Miss Ritson said he punched the door close to her head. He then let go of her and she managed to call a neighbour to ask them to call the police.

“Afterwards Twitchen apologised and said he loved her but she backed away and called the neighbour who sat with her until the police arrived,” she added.

Dav Naghen, defending, said Twitchen, of Puritan Way, Boston, accepted a community order was “what he needs and what he wants”.

Magistrate Jo Sumner said: “We regard domestic violence as a very serious offence and you have a history of it. You have children with three women. You must learn to control yourself. You are a father; act as a good role model.”