Judge fears South Shields man who attacked partner may one day kill

A dad who repeatedly assaulted his partner wept in the dock when a judge branded his behaviour so despicable as to fear he may one day kill.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 4:53 pm

Joseph Tinkner, 30, formerly of Waverdale Way, South Shields, was warned he faces jail when sentenced later this year for his terrifying attacks.

He assaulted his partner three times at her home at Chichester, South Shields, once blackening her eyes and also damaging an interior wall by pushing her into it.

In another incident, Tinkner grabbed her by the throat and choked her to the point she could not swallow, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.

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The case was dealt with in South Shields at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

And in a final assault, he kicked a door into her after she told him she had forgotten to put wet washing on a radiator.

District Judge Sarah Griffiths told him: “You ought to be thoroughly ashamed of yourself. These are despicable acts against your partner.

“If you love another you don’t choke then beat them and control them in the way I have heard. You choked her, she couldn’t swallow.

“I’m worried that if you don’t get help you will kill her or a future partner. You’ve got to get some help.

“These are so serious that custody is appropriate.”

The court heard Tinkner’s first attack against his partner during a “toxic” on-off relationship was in December and the last at 1pm on April 13.

Of the final assault, Mr Poppett said Tinkner had stayed overnight and they had enjoyed a pleasant morning though had not rekindled their recently ended relationship.

When she said she had not put the washing out, Tinkner swore and shouted at her, making her fear neighbours could hear.

Mr Poppett added: “She said ‘he opened the kitchen door aggressively and it hit me. He aggressively took me to the window and asked who could hear.”

Police were called and Michelle Stonley, defending, said: “He accepts the full facts. He is extremely remorseful for his actions.”

Tinkner, who pleaded guilty to three assaults and a criminal damage charge, was bailed pending a probation report on condition he resides at Thornleigh Gardens, Cleadon, and does not contact his victim.

He is also barred from entering South Shields before sentencing on June 11.