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Trial for man accused of trying to strangle his partner

20-year-old denies domestic abuse offence

A Douglas man will stand trial after being accused of trying to strangle his girlfriend.

Jake Owen Whetnall, of Westmoreland Road, appeared at Douglas Courthouse where he denied committing domestic abuse.

The 20-year-old is accused of being controlling throughout their relationship, between January and August.

During an argument on 16 August he allegedly repeatedly grabbed the woman by the neck and covered her mouth so she couldn’t breathe; something the prosecutor described as an ‘element of strangulation’.

Committal proceedings – where the case is elevated to the Court of General Gaol Delivery – will take place on 30 January; he’s been bailed until that date.  


Update: At Douglas Courthouse on 30 January Mr Whetnall was committed to stand trial at the Court of General Gaol Delivery. He will next appear there on a date to be set.

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