A Hartlepool man appeared in court for assaulting his former girlfriend.
Christopher Wray, 30, of Church Street, admitted assault by beating against Gabrielle Dixon in October last year.
Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard how Wray, who has mental health problems and an alcohol problem, had carried out the assault on Ms Dixon, his former girlfriend, when she was packing to leave the flat she lived in, which was next door to his.
Gary Fothergill, prosecuting, said Wray was shouting and swearing and started smashing items, before grabbing her and putting his arm around her neck.
Simon Walker, defending said his client was aware he needs help for his problems.
He said: “He accepts that what he did that day was unacceptable.”
Wray was given a 24-month community order and a restraining order preventing him from contacting Ms Dixon.
He was also ordered to pay £60 in compensation and £100 towards court costs.