Man, 42, grabbed step-son by throat

GRABBING his step-son by the throat and pinning him against the stairs has ended in court for one man.

Stephen Ambrose, of Gournay Road, Hailsham, lashed out after attending his grandmother’s funeral.

Eastbourne magistrates heard that the 42-year-old, who has been diagnosed with bi-polar, had drunk about five pints of strong cider.

There was an argument between the two men and Ambrose grabbed his victim by the throat and swung him around.

His stepson, Shaun Thatcher, ran inside but the defendant ran after him, grabbed him by the throat again and threatened to kill him, while pinning him against the stairs.

The court heard the victim said he became disorientated and struggled to breathe but then Ambrose loosened his grip.

Ambrose pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

Noelle Magennis, defending, said her client had been diagnosed with mental health issues and had to stop working.

She added, “His grandmother passed away rather suddenly dying on the Friday and being buried on the Monday.

“He’s disgusted with himself and remorseful for his actions.

“He had alcohol on his medication and made him act the way he has.

“This is a domestic incident and you’re going to need a full report.”

Magistrates agreed and adjourned the case to August 13 while reports are prepared.

Ambrose was given conditional bail.