A 27-year-old man has been spared an immediate jail sentence for attacking his former partner at her home in the Ilkley area.

Curtis Joseph put his hands around her neck, bit her on the arm and smashed her phone during the assault on July 30 last year, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Joseph, of Spring Grove Street, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with up to 30 rehabilitation activity days and 180 hours of unpaid work.

Prosecutor Paul Canfield told the court that the victim was in a relationship with Joseph. She ended it and he moved out but she allowed him back.

On the afternoon of the assault, he grabbed her hair and swung her into the bedroom wall. He dragged her to the top of the stairs and put his hands round her neck so that she was struggling to breathe.

Mr Canfield said that Joseph threatened to slash her throat and kill her family.

He smashed her phone, chased her round the flat and bit her arm.

In mitigation, it was stated that Joseph had no previous convictions for assault and the offence was out of character. 

Recorder Khan made a restraining order banning him from contacting the woman in the future.