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Man throttled girlfriend for disturbing his sleep

PUBLISHED: 11:58 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:57 25 August 2010

AN ELECTRICIAN who throttled his girlfriend for pulling the duvet off him while he was trying to sleep has been jailed for ten months.

AN ELECTRICIAN who throttled his girlfriend for pulling the duvet off him while he was trying to sleep has been jailed for ten months.

Philip Hannam, 32, of Azof Street, Greenwich, grabbed his girlfriend, Menka Bhatia, after she kept moving in a bed to fiddle with the TV aerial on February 10.

Mr Hanman grabbed Miss Bhatia, 28, held her up against the wall until she passed out. He later told police that he just wanted her to 'shut up and keep quiet'.

The Old Bailey heard Hannam and his partner were temporarily staying at her mother's home in Hever Croft, Eltham.

Earlier in the evening he had drunk five pints of Stella and a double Jack Daniels before returning home.

Brinda Soora, prosecuting said: "The couple got into bed and the victim turned the TV on. There was a problem with the reception and fiddling with the aerial.

"She was pulling the duvet cover off him and in response the defendant got out of bed, put his hands round her throat and squeezed hard.

"He held her against the door and she felt her head was about to explode and felt herself slipping into unconscious."

Her mother heard a loud bang and went into the room to find her lying on the floor with blood on her face.

Hannam did not deny throttling his girlfriend when the police arrived and said: "I admit it, I'm not going to lie. I did it."

Hannam admitted unlawful wounding.

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