North Devon Magistrate’s court heard woman was choked and thrown down stairs before being chucked outside in a state of undress during attack.

A man who carried out a 'prolonged' attack on his partner including throwing her down the stairs has been jailed.

Luke Goddard, 36, of Honestone Street, Bideford, was imprisoned for 20 weeks after magistrates heard details of attack on February 11.

Goddard, an alcoholic, admitted 'losing control' and said he was very remorseful for the attack.

The victim described during the course of the incident, which lasted between 30 minutes-to-an-hour, Goddard repeatedly grabbed her by the hair.

He pushed her onto a mattress where she struggled to breath, and then dragged her by her feet, during which time she banged her head on a wall.

Lyndsey Baker, prosecuting, read the victim's statement to the court today (Friday).

"He was grabbing my feet, my hands, my legs, my body and my hair, trying to pull me down the stairs," she said.

"He grabbed my neck with both hands and squeezed my throat very tightly. I was panicking; I thought I was going to die."

Goddard pushed the victim down the stairs, and threw her out of the house in just her vest, bra and socks.

She flagged down a motorist and after realising she was bleeding, the police were called to the house.

The victim had to have her scalp glued back together and also suffered a swollen wind pipe and neck bruising.

As well as jailing Goddard, magistrates ordered him to pay £200 compensation and imposed a restraining order on him for two years prohibiting him from contacting the victim in any way.

Goddard also pleaded guilty to a separate drink driving charge, for which he was disqualified from driving for 14 months and fined £500.