A FORMER pub landlord assaulted a woman he met online shortly after he destroyed his laptop because it had a slow internet connection.
Terry Kaye, 40, of Grosvenor Road, Scarborough, grabbed the woman around the neck on Sunday, Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard.
Kaye, who has run a number of pubs in Scarborough including TKO’s Sports Bar, which was in Roscoe Street, and The Commercial in Falsgrave Road, pleaded guilty to assault.
A pre-sentence report will be prepared before Kaye’s punishment is decided.
Kathryn Reeve, prosecuting, said: “The victim had been living with the defendant for around seven weeks. They met via the internet.
“He had not disclosed that he suffered from the bipolar mental disorder.”
Kaye became upset, the court heard, because the victim’s 19-year-old son, whom he had been drinking with, left the home without warning.
Miss Reeve added: “He was then on the laptop and the connection started going down.
“He hit it several times and snapped it in two.”
An argument then began between Kaye and the woman he would go on to assault.
When the victim’s teenage daughter came downstairs, she found Kaye with a hand tightly around her mother’s neck.
The victim described feeling “really scared” and said Kaye had “completely flipped”.
The woman said that she had still been able to breathe throughout the incident.
Kaye’s solicitor, Richard North, said: “This gentleman has bipolar and stress.
“He was not happy with his medication and stopped taking it.
“His laptop wasn’t working. He was most upset by this and smashed the item rather vigorously.
“He admits going over the top and bitterly regrets what he has done.”
Kaye, who has previous convictions for assault, will be sentenced on December 21. He was released on conditional bail.