A MAN who had been drinking cider all day threw a Wi-Fi router at his partner in a row over him playing his music too loud.

Blackburn magistrates heard Daniel Bunten was threatening and abusive to his partner, telling her he would snap her neck like a bird, and the incident was witnessed by a 12-year-old child.

Bunten, 42, of Queen Victoria Street, Blackburn, admitted assault. He was made subject to a community order for 12 months with 20 days rehabilitation activity requirement and six months' alcohol treatment require-ment. He was fined £200.

Passing sentence, Deputy District Judge Jane Hamilton said she had recognised the difficulties the defendant was having with alcohol.

“This is a serious offence, committed in the presence of a child,” said Deputy District Judge Hamilton. “The impact of domestic violence on children can be long-lasting.”

Scott Parker, prosecuting, said Bunten had ignored his partner's requests to turn the music down.

Ian Huggan, defending, said his client accepted he could benefit from the intervention of the probation service.