Chip shop owner avoids jail

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A CHIP shop owner flew into a rage and tried to strangle his wife because there were no matches to light the cooker.

Jaswir Dhillon, who owned White’s fish shop, in Shrewsbury Street, Hartlepool, also threatened to kill Balvir Dhillon, his wife of 25 years.

Teesside Crown Court heard that Dhillon was an alcoholic when he subjected his wife to the frightening attack on May 10.

The court was told that petty things like the thickness of the batter and not having enough change in the till were enough for him to fly off the handle.

Chris Baker, prosecuting, said: “An argument ensued between the defendant and his wife because there were no matches to light the gas cooker.

“He became more and more angry and he said to the victim ‘I will sort you out. I will kill you’.

“He continued to be aggressive and, at one point, grabbed hold of the victim with both his hands and began to squeeze tightly enough to prevent the victim from being able to breathe.

“The victim tried to get the defendant’s hands from around her throat but was unable to do so.”

Mrs Dhillon’s nephew physically removed him from her but Dhillon continued to threaten to kill her.

He went into the back yard and the police were called. When quizzed, he admitted making the threats but said he did not intend to go through with them.

Mrs Dhillon also said she did not believe the threats but was very frightened.

Dhillon, who was drinking a bottle of whisky a day and lager, admitted making a threat to kill and common assault.

After the attack, he went to stay with his sister in Hull.

Richard Bennett, mitigating, said he is now getting help for his drinking and has not drunk since late September.

Mr Bennett said: “His behaviour has changed completely. He realises now, in the cold light of day, having been off alcohol for two months, that he was one hundred per cent at fault.”

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, QC, said he did not want to interfere with his recovery process.

Dhillon, of National Avenue, Hull, was given nine months prison suspended for two years, with supervision.

He must also attend a domestic violence programme and an alcohol treatment course.

Judge Bourne-Arton said: “If you are tempted to have another drink, just think where it might lead you.

“It may be your last drink for some time.”