A MAN who assaulted his partner then smashed her mobile phone as she tried to phone the police could be jailed.
Colin Frazer, 50, of Victoria Road, admitted charges of assault and criminal damage at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.
He has previous convictions for assaulting the same woman as well as her son.
Steve Ovenden, prosecuting, said the couple had been in an on and off relationship for around eight years before the incident in the early hours of Sunday morning.
“The couple had been to Harrogate for a day trip,” Mr Ovenden said. “They arrived back in Scarborough at 10.15pm.
“She asked him to go away, then she went to The Nelson Inn where the defendant is barred.”
Mr Ovenden said that as the victim left the pub, Frazer emerged from behind a wall, grabbed the woman and began going through her pockets.
As she got her phone out to call the police, Frazer smashed the device, which was worth £148, on the pavement.
He then grabbed his victim by the throat and pushed her against a wall.
The offences took place in Albemarle Back Road.
The woman returned to The Nelson Inn, in Victoria Road, and told staff what had happened. They called the police.
In a victim impact statement she said the attack had left her with bruises to the neck, which were tender when touched. The court heard that among Frazer’s previous convictions was a 42-month jail sentence which he was given in 2007 after he was convicted of grievous bodily harm against the same victim.
Robert Vining, mitigating, said that his client had been trying to get his possessions back from his partner’s flat when he committed the assault.
“They had decided to call it quits,” Mr Vining said.
“He tapped on the window of the pub and she took no notice. He was getting a bit annoyed.
“When she does come out he grabs her bag and got the keys. He pleads guilty to criminal damage because he lost the plot.
“He was so upset she wouldn’t let him have his own property back.”
Victoria Shephard, the chairman of the bench, said magistrates believed he had passed the custody threshold.
Frazer, who works as a kitchen porter, will be sentenced on August 3.
He was released on conditional bail.