A terrified woman was left curled up on the floor of her Scarborough home after her partner held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her, a court was told on Monday.
The victim had been assaulted a number of times on the days leading up to the threat by Adrian Robinson who, after being shot in the leg in an incident in the town, was left mixing medication and alcohol.
Robinson, 37, now of Ling Hill, Scarborough, appeared at York Crown Court for sentencing having previously admitted three charges of assaulting the woman by beating her and one of threatening to kill her.
Michelle Stewart-Lofthouse, prosecuting, told how, as well as attacking the victim at her home in Scarborough on three occasions during January, this year, causing bruising and a black eye, Robinson had also been cautioned twice by the police for similar offences against her.
However, on January 25 things got more serious when Robinson flew into a rage, began shouting that he was going to kill his partner of six months and then grabbed a kitchen knife, took hold of her from behind and held the weapon to her throat, said Miss Stewart-Lofthouse.
The victim dropped to the floor and curled up in a ball to protect herself, before shouting to her son to go next door to get help.
When the boy and the neighbour entered the house they heard Robinson verbally abusing the woman and saying that, if she was not careful, he would hit her again.
The court was told that when the police caught up with Robinson he was found chewing valium tablets.
In a police interview Robinson admitted assaulting his partner, but denied threatening to kill her, claiming that he had not used a knife, but had been holding another type of kitchen utensil.
Chloe Fairley, mitigating, said that despite having a criminal record dating back to the 1990s, her client had changed his life from the mid 2000s onwards, working hard, settling down and not offending.
However, the court heard that after being shot in the leg, causing an injury which is still affecting Robinson and for which he is on medication, things changed for him.
Robinson was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, placed under two years supervision and ordered to take part in an accredited domestic violence programme.
Robinson was also placed under a four year restraining order preventing him contacting the victim.