A WOMAN was forced to jump out of her bedroom window after her boyfriend put his hands around her throat during an attack.
Michael Sudale said Lynnice Riley was being a 'drama queen' after she struggled for air during an attack in her home.
The trouble broke out when she told him to leave her flat after he refused to turn down the volume on the television while she tried to sleep at 3am.
He put his hands round her throat and pushed her backwards onto a couch, said Lynne Manning, prosecuting.
She managed to get up but was then forced down onto her right knee, suffering a carpet burn.
She said: "The defendant put his hands around her throat and started to press down.
"She thought she might die."
Eventually the woman managed to jump out of her bedroom window. Sudale grabbed her dressing gown, which ripped as she got away, and ran to a friend's house.
Sudale, 29, of Sailsbury Drive, Midway, was handed a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, ordered to pay £500 compensation and was banned indefinitely from contacting her.
Miss Manning told the court: "She does not feel safe in her flat and is frightened of the defendant."
Presiding magistrate Bernadette Roberts told him: "This was a sustained attack, injuries were caused and the victim is living in fear, and there is a significant effect on the victim."
Nicola Hunter, defending, said it was the first time Sudale had been violent and he had stayed out of trouble for ten years.
She said: "His remorse is genuine. He is disgusted and ashamed at what has happened and it is not behaviour he intends to repeat."