A MAN who grabbed his ex-girlfriend by the neck and bit her on the hand in two separate assaults has been jailed.

Thomas Robert Sharp appeared at court yesterday where he was sentenced to a total of 26 weeks in prison for attacking his former partner at home on two occasions.

The 26-year-old Walney man pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and the assault by beating of Roxanne Fawcett.

South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court heard the incidents both took place after arguments between the pair on June 27 and July 5.

Prosecutor Peter Kelly told South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court that the first assault took place after Miss Fawcett came to bed following a long phone call with a relative at the victim’s home in Askam.

He was said to have become angry at Miss Fawcett and grabbed her, slamming her against the wall.

In a statement read to magistrates, she said: “He put his hands on my chest and pushed me into the wall.

“He got angry and told me to sit down.

“He was looking like he wanted to kill me.

“I didn’t call the police because I loved him and thought we could sort it out.”

After a visit to the hospital, doctors told Miss Fawcett she had sustained soft tissue damage to her neck and back.

The other assault took place at Miss Fawcett’s home on July 5 after 2pm.

Sharp had started another argument with her after she was phoned by a police officer following the other incident.

She was said to have gone back into the house with her phone set to record.

The court heard he tried to take her phone from her pocket and ripped her trousers.

He then bit her left hand, leaving an deep imprint.

Doctors noted swelling and bruising but found no broken bones after an x-ray, magistrates heard.

The court was told Sharp was currently serving a sentence for taking a vehicle without its owner’s consent.

He had been previously convicted for another domestic violence incident involving Miss Fawcett as well another former partner.

The prosecutor told the court Miss Fawcett had not seen her former partner since the second incident.

He said she had not wanted the case to come to court and wished to get back together with Sharp after a ‘change of heart’.

Liz Phizacklea, representing Sharp said: “Mr Sharp told me their relationship was volatile.”

She added he had told her he wanted to move away from Barrow and not re-enter into a relationship with Miss Fawcett, 'to move with on with life’.

Sharp, of Methuen Street, was sentenced to 26 weeks in custody for ABH and eight weeks for assault by beating.