A CHEATING husband strangled his wife when she found his "dirty" text messages to other women after he passed out drunk.
Serial cheat Jonathan Neale, 40, fell asleep by his front door after a day of drinking with another woman.
Wife Claire managed to put him to bed but when she looked at his phone she found dozens of messages to other women.
Neale had been involved in previous affairs and after checking his phone his suspicious wife told him: "We are done".
Claire said: "I got his wet clothes off him put him to bed and had a look through his phone where I discovered he hasn’t stopped messaging women dirty texts, videos telling women he loves them and if he wasn’t in a relationship with me he’d be with her."
A court heard Neale then attacked his wife strangling her with his hands around her neck forcing Claire to "fear for her life."
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Prosecutor Anna Parry said Neale had downed Coors Light beer and Jack Daniel's whiskey throughout the day while watching the Wales v Ireland Six Nations ahead of the attack.
Anna Parry, prosecuting, said: "The defendant had been watching the rugby with his friends.
"He asked the victim to pick him up and she went to collect him.
"The defendant was found quite intoxicated and he had fallen asleep at a bus station.
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"When they were home, the complainant helped undress him and put him to bed and he went to sleep.
"The victim checked his mobile phone as a result of previous affairs on his part.”
Newport Magistrates Court heard she woke Neale and told him “we are done” and asked him to leave.
She said: “He put his two hands to her throat area and this made her feel petrified.
“She didn’t think he was going to let go but the complainant managed to bite his finger and he loosened his grip.
How you can get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
“The defendant fled the house and was later arrested by the police."
Neale, of Bettws, Newport, pleaded guilty to intentionally strangling his wife.
Lynda Rhead, defending, said: "He’s not proud of himself.
"The defendant has shown his remorse from the outset.
"It was clearly a horrible incident that the victim should not have gone through.
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"This is somebody who is holding his head in shame."
Neale was handed a 12-month suspended sentence and given a two-year restraining order not to contact his wife.
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