Man threatened to ‘snap’ his partner’s voicebox in domestic row

Livingston Sheriff Court heard of how a man threatened to snap his partner's voicebox.
Livingston Sheriff Court heard of how a man threatened to snap his partner's voicebox.

A VICIOUS brute threatened to “snap” his partner’s voicebox after grabbing her by the throat with both hands, a court heard.

Edmund Boyce battered Dee Haggerty before choking her during a domestic row.

Livingston Sheriff Court was told Miss Haggerty’s breathing was restricted during the violent onslaught.

Jim Robertson, prosecuting, said Belfast-born Boyce had been trying to take Miss Haggerty’s mobile phone from her after flying into a rage in the early hours of the morning.

He said: “He seized hold of her and began grabbing at her clothing looking for this phone.

“He seized hold of her by the throat with both hands and started to compress her throat while at the same time forcing her head and body backwards over a sink.

“She felt her breathing was restricted as a result of this and as he was doing so he continued to shout at her.

“He then caused her head to strike against a cupboard there.”

After Miss Haggerty broke free, he said, the accused followed her into another room, punched her on the face and threw her to the ground.

Police called to the scene were confronted by Boyce holding a knife, which he immediately resheathed.

But when they tried to take him into custody he punched two constables on the head.

Mr Robertson said Miss Haggerty had attended St John’s Hospital in Livingston complaining of tenderness to her neck and was x-rayed to ensure there was no lasting damage. She discharged herself from the ward.

He said Miss Haggerty had since told social workers her relationship with the accused was over.

Boyce pleaded guilty to serious assault, causing a disturbance and two charges of police assault.

Sheriff Peter Hammond jailed Boyce for 15 months and imposed a non-harassment order for three years backdated to August 28.