A Berkhamsted man who twice attacked his partner when he lost his temper after drinking was told by a judge Monday 4th January that he will go to prison if he does it again.

The 25 year old man grabbed the woman by the throat and knocked her head against a cupboard. She had bruises to the upper part of her arm and neck.

Two days earlier, on August 19 last year, he had grabbed her by the wrists during a row, St Albans Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor Roxanne Aisthorpe said the couple had been in a 3-month relationship at the time. She said the victim did not want a restraining order made against him as she wanted a reconciliation with him.

The Berkhamsted man pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm and assault by beating. He had no previous convictions but, in 2010, had been cautioned for an assault on his brother.

Sean Smith, defending, said his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. “His genuine remorse is expressed in the pre-sentence report. He has put himself forward for alcohol counselling and a domestic violence programme,” he said.

Judge Andrew Bright QC said: “Domestic violence is something this court takes very seriously. Drink played a part and you have a problem with your temper.”

The judge made a 2 year Community Order with conditions that he attends a 35 day rehabilitation requirement. He must go on a Building Better Relations Programme and a Domestic Abuse Programme.

He told him: “I hope you realise you have had a lucky escape. If there is a breach of the Community Order I will be the judge who deals with it. Make sure there isn’t a next time or you will go to prison. Exercise appropriate restraint and don’t resort to violence in the future.”