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A dad threatened to cut out his ex-girlfriend's unborn baby in a jealous rage as part of a four-year brutal relationship where he spat at her, hit her and grabbed her by the hair, a court has heard.
Ian Raymond Hindmarsh, from Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, subjected his partner to a series of violent assaults during their relationship.
Alan Davison, prosecuting, told Teesside Magistrates' Court that the pair had been together since January 2016 and the attacks started in the same year that they got together.
By July 2016, it was reported that he suspected that his partner was carrying someone else's child at the time and threatened to cut the baby out of her stomach during an argument.
Hindmarsh pleaded guilty to one count of harassment.
In another attack, the 32-year-old accused the woman of fancying his brother, pushed her on the sofa and savagely strangled her from behind, the court heard.
Mr Davison said that Hindmarsh climbed on top of her and put his teeth on her nose out of "frustration", reports Teesside Live.
He said: "She woke up the next morning, looked in the mirror and saw a mark on her cheek.
"They stayed in the relationship at the time on the basis that Mr Hindmarsh would attend anger management classes."
The prosecutor said that during another argument, he jumped on top of her and put his hands around her throat.
He said Hindmarsh told her he wanted to end the relationship, spat at her, hit her across the face and threw a glass of water over her.
Mr Davison said he also threw her mobile phone, picked up his Xbox console and threw it around, and grabbed her by the hair.
On another occasion, the defendant hit her with a plastic cup full of juice, stormed out of the house and made volatile threats against her.
Mr Davison said: "She was caused mental ill health by the incidents and claimed that she began to write letters to her children planning to take her own life."
Hindmarsh, from Stanhope Road, Billingham, pleaded guilty to one count of harassment.
Matthew Ager, defending, told the court: "This was a volatile relationship so it wouldn't surprise you to hear it was a negative relationship, I'm told.
"Mr Hindmarsh in fairness has been very candid with me. He accepts the issues within that relationship."
He said that it was encouraging to know that since the relationship ended there's been no incidents between Hindmarsh and the victim.
Mr Ager said the defendant was "ashamed" of his behaviour and was receiving support from anger management.
He added: "He is somebody who doesn't have any previous convictions. There's a couple of cautions on his record that are unrelated."
District Judge Steven Hood said he had "particular concern" with regard to the suicidal thoughts.
He said: "I think what I'm needing to do is ask for a pre-sentence report."
The judge told Hindmarsh that his case would be adjourned until December 22 so that he could speak to the probation service.
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