Jealous man grabbed female cop by throat

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A JEALOUS man grabbed a female police officer by the throat and kicked a hole in a door after a row with his girlfriend.

Mark Ruane, 38, of Canterbury Street in South Shields, lost his temper after accusing his partner of less than a month of looking at other men while the pair were at a pub.

Ruane admitted criminal damage, assaulting a police constable and obstructing an officer in the execution of their duty at an earlier hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

He was given an 18-month community order when he reappeared for sentencing.

The court heard Ruane and his girlfriend had gone out for a drink at The Bridge pub on December 15 and had a row

The dispute continued when they returned to his girlfriend’s home in Marshall Wallis Road, South Shields.

She triggered a distress alarm – put in the property because of problems she had with a previous boyfriend – when Ruane kicked a hole in a door, threw her mobile phone to the ground and was abusive when asked to stop.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, told the court: “Police arrived and Mr Ruane resisted the officers. He was warned he would be gassed if he didn’t calm down. He grabbed hold of Pc Thubron by the throat.

“She said she suffered reddening to the throat, her back was sore and aching, and she had a small cut to her left hand and bruising.”

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “My client fully accepts all that has been said.”

Magistrates gave Ruane an 18-month community order, including one-to-one sessions with probation staff.

Ruane was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to Pc Thubron, £150 compensation for damage to the door, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge, a total of £395.