A JILTED husband grabbed his wife by the throat when she turned up at his home with her new partner.
Brian Morrison, who works as a steward at the Stadium of Light, lost his temper after the couple dropped off his teenage son.
The 46-year-old also swung punches at his estranged wife’s new partner, as he tried to protect her.
Morrison, who also works as a bailiff, pleaded guilty to assaulting the pair at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “Mr Morrison raised his hand and grabbed his wife by the throat for one or two seconds. Her partner tried to push them apart.
“Mr Morrison then swung two times towards him with clenched fists. The man managed to get his hands up to stop blows from hitting him.
“He felt intimidated and feared he would be hit.”
Mr McGlone added that Morrison, of Alwin in Rickleton, Washington, had sent a number of unwanted text messages to his wife before the assault.
Zoe Passfield, defending, said Morrison had never been in trouble before and now risked losing both his jobs over the incident.
She said: “He actually prides himself on his ability to talk matters down when things get heated.
“The first assault on Mrs Morrison says he took hold of her by the throat.
“What is clear from the statement is that was a maximum period of some one or two seconds.
“He released his grip before anyone had to intervene.
“His assault on her partner could be seen as being even further down the scale, as there was no actual physical contact.
“The situation arose when his marriage fell apart. He took himself away for a period of three weeks to get his head together.
“He returned to find his house empty of all property. His wife and 14-year-old son had gone. There was no note to say where they were.”
The court heard Morrison had managed to make contact with his son, but had only seen him once before this attack, on April 14.
District Judge Roger Elsey sentenced him to serve an 18-month community order, pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
He added: “I have regard for the fact that you are a hard-working man whose employment would be in jeopardy if I had to take another course other than the one I will.”