AN alcoholic left his aunt “traumatised” after attacking her in a drunken rage.
Lee Wilson turned up at unannounced at the woman’s home in Hebburn, in a taxi that he couldn’t pay for.
When she gave him £10 so he could pay for the taxi and go home, he refused to leave and wouldn’t give her the money back.
The 28-year-old then punched her in the face and grabbed her by the throat, before slamming her head against a wall.
Wilson, of Medway, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to assault at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “When she gave him the money for the taxi, he wouldn’t get in. She asked for it back, but he slammed her living room door shut.
“He then turned around and punched her in the face.
“He was shouting and swearing and put his hand around her neck, as if to strangle her.”
Mrs Guest said the woman tried to run out, but he grabber her hair and banged her head against a wall.
She eventually got free and ran to a neighbour’s house, who called the police.
A statement from the victim, which was read out in court, said: “I’m traumatised by my nephew doing this.
“He used to be welcome at my house, but now I don’t want him anywhere near me, in case he does this again.
“He needs to get off the drink and sorted.”
Laura Johnson, defending, said Wilson was an alcoholic who needed to get treatment.
Judge John Foster asked for a report about Wilson to be prepared by the probation service.
He said: “This is an extremely serious assault.
“A prison sentence is currently an option that this court will consider seriously.”
Wilson will be back at the court on September 5 for sentence.
He was granted bail until then on the conditions that he does not contact prosecution witnesses, lives at the address given to court and does not enter Southport Parade, Hebburn.