A MAN who tried to strangle his partner following an argument, has been jailed for 36 weeks.
Richard Mullen's relationship with his partner faltered after she discovered he had been texting a number of his ex-girlfriends.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court the couple continued to see each other and in March they met up and went to a barbecue together.
Afterwards both returned to the victim's house where they argued.
Mr Scott said: "They began to row and she told him the relationship wasn't working and it was over.
"She went up to bed. The next thing she recalls is that he was on top of the bed."
Mullen then put his hands around her throat and told her, "you're not going to wake up in the morning."
He repeatedly punched her to the head, neck and ribs and also slapped her.
Mr Scott said Mullen then continued the attack before coming to his senses.
His victim suffered two black eyes and bruising to her ribs, arms and throat.
When Mullen was interviewed he admitted striking her several times but could not recall strangling her.
On a later date he returned to the house but a neighbour called police. Officers stopped Mullen on the A158 and found an axe and a balaclava in his car.
Mullen, 36, of Boston Road, Spilsby, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on March 28 and possession of a bladed article.
He was jailed for 36 weeks and given a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting his former partner or going within 25 metres of her home.