Boyfriend throtted partner

PUBLISHED: 11:20 22 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:50 25 August 2010

AN ELECTRICIAN who throttled his girlfriend after a drink-fuelled row was warned he is facing jail.

AN ELECTRICIAN who throttled his girlfriend after a drink-fuelled row was warned he is facing jail.

Philip Hannam, 32, of Azof Street, Greenwich, grabbed Menka Bhatia so tight around the neck she lost consciousness and fell to the floor, causing facial injuries, the Old Bailey heard last Friday.

The couple, who had been together two-and-a-half years, had argued after a night out drinking on February 9.

Jurors heard that the row started on the way home and continued when they arrived back to the house and went to bed.

In the early hours of the following morning, Hannam was accused of leaping from the bed and grabbing his partner around the neck and holding her against a wall until she collapsed.

She needed treatment for cuts to her face. Initial fears she had suffered a bone fracture were ruled out.

The pair had been staying at Miss Bhatia's parents home, while the home they had recently bought in Plumstead, was decorated.

Hannam, who has no previous convictions, admitted unlawful wounding at the Old Bailey.

He had previously been charged with attempted murder, but the Crown accepted his plea to the lesser charge.

Hannam, who had worked fitting CCTV cameras in Canary Wharf, has so far spent 55 days on remand.

Judge Timothy Pontius QC adjourned sentence until May 14 for the preparation of a report by the probation service.

He said: "The court's first thought must be a prison sentence for an attack of this kind.

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