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Thug strangled partner in rage

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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A 29-YEAR-OLD who threatened to kill his girlfriend while he was strangling her has avoided a prison sentence.

Milosz Kuczkowski admitted unleashing a terrifying assault on Edyta Zolnowska at their home, in Orchard Park, Burton, on January 18, in which he subjected her to slaps to her face before squeezing her neck.

This is not the first attack Miss Zolnowska has suffered but his solicitor urged the court ‘not to give up on him’.

He appeared via video link from prison to hear his case being set out at Burton Magistrates’ Court.

The couple returned home from a party at 10pm where the defendant had been drinking alcohol. He was angry when he couldn’t find any cigarettes and started smashing things up.

Adam Warner, prosecuting, said the defendant followed his partner through the house, slapping her with open hands, shouting at her , before lying on her when she has fallen, hitting her more than 10 times.

In the final attack, Mr Warner said: “He put his hands round her throat and starts to squeeze, saying I am going to kill you and she believes it.

“She then bites him to get him off. She goes to the bedroom and he rips her dress from her.”

Kuczkowski was remanded into custody a day later, where he stayed, which his solicitor, John Skinner, said is just short of a four month prison sentence.

He added: “This is a further offence on the same partner but this is no reason to give up on him He acknowledges that he needs some help. He has gone some considerable time without drink and he has to avoid relapsing because he can see the consequences

“His partner wants him to return as there are financial risks.”

He was given a four months prison sentence suspended for 24 months, and will pay £85 court costs and a £80 victim surcharge.

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