A MAN who intentionally strangled a woman has been fined and handed a community order by magistrates.

James Burgoyne appeared before magistrates in Hereford for sentencing after entering a guilty plea to one count of intentional strangulation and two counts of harassment by breach of a restraining order at an earlier hearing.


The court heard from prosecutor Mark Hambling that the 35-year-old had intentionally strangled a woman in Leominster on August 16.

He had also, without reasonable excuse, sent the same woman a message via social media on April 1, in breach of a restraining order imposed by magistrates in Hereford in March 2017.

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He had made numerous phone calls to another woman, also without reasonable excuse and in breach of a restraining order imposed in March 2017, on August 16.

Burgoyne, of Caswell Road, Leominster, was handed a two-year community order and must complete a Building Better Relationships programme.

He was also fined £100, with magistrates saying they had taken his guilty pleas into account.