A WOMAN faces reconstructive dental work after her husband smashed a can of lager into her mouth in a drunken rage.
David Thompson launched his attack on his partner when he returned home from a meal out with work colleagues, Sunderland magistrates heard.
You have 157 previous convictions, five of these are for a similar sort of violence. This act of violence, set in the context of this conviction, clearly means that only a custodial sentence can be justified.District Judge Roger Elsey
He grabbed her by the throat and squeezed it after he followed her into the kitchen in the early hours of February 6.
However, the 57-year-old was spared jail when a district judge decided to suspend his jail term.
Prosecutor John McGlone said the victim came home to the house they shared on Hylton Lane Estate at 12.20am.
“The defendant followed her into the kitchen and shouted in her face. He pushed a table towards her and grabbed her throat and squeezed it,” Mr McGlone said.
“He then pushed a can of lager into her mouth.”
She suffered reddening to her neck and a loose tooth, requiring £200 of dental work to put right.
When the defendant was searched after his arrest on February 21, officers found cannabis and amphetamine on him.
Thompson, of Gregory Road, Grindon, admitted assault and two counts of possession of Class B drugs.
Peter Thubron, defending, said Thompson often works away in London for an asbestos removal contractor.
“The injury was minimal, but there was a loose tooth and he has to accept that, but there were no other substantial injuries,” Mr Thubron said.
“He has admitted there was pushing and shoving on both parts. A table got broken when she pushed him and he lost his balance.
“He tells me he would like to rekindle the relationship, but it would seem she has no intention of that.”
District Judge Roger Elsey said: “You have 157 previous convictions, five of these are for a similar sort of violence.
“This act of violence, set in the context of this conviction, clearly means that only a custodial sentence can be justified.
“The appropriate sentence is 20 weeks. If you were to serve that sentence immediately, there would be no work done to tackle your abuse of drugs and alcohol and you have to take steps to do that, otherwise you will serve a sentence of imprisonment.
“You are also in employment, and for these two reasons, the sentence will be suspended for 12 months.”
The judge also ordered that Thompson reside at an address approved by his probation officer for the next six months.
He is also prohibited from entering the street where the victim lives for the same period. He was told to pay £200 in compensation for the victim’s dental work.