A violent brute who threatened to "put a hammer through" his girlfriend's head then strangled her repeatedly swore during courtroom outbursts as he was jailed.
Martin Moody had only been in a relationship with the woman for two-and-a-half weeks when he kicked off about a text message she received from a friend.
A court heard he called her a "s*** and a s***" during the aggressive behaviour on November 13 last year.
Moody kept interrupting proceedings at Newcastle Crown Court on a video-link from prison, swearing and complaining the prosecutor was making him sound like an "animal".
Matthew Collins, prosecuting, told the court: "He threatened to put a hammer through her head."
She asked him to leave and he did but the following morning he started bombarding her with texts and calls, which she ignored.
After being blanked throughout the day, he turned up at her home around 6.30pm and they argued, with Moody complaining about her not spending time with him.
Later that evening, he was watching TV with the victim and her housemate when he flew into a rage again.
Mr Collins said: "Without warning he threw his mobile phone at the wall.
"He rushed around the coffee table and grabbed the victim by the neck with both hands, kneeling on her legs putting all of his weight on the victim so she couldn't move.
"The victim described it as being strangled but suddenly he stopped.
"He flipped over the coffee table, shouting that he was going to break her windows and that he would bomb her grandmother's and mother's homes."
The victim's friend pretended to phone the police, bringing an end to the incident when Moody fled.
The woman said: "This has really upset me and has brought back memories of a previous relationship where I was threatened with violence
"Martin also made threats to damage my mam's house where my six-year-old brother lives and I'm worried about what might happen to him if he carried out those threats."
Matters did not end there because the following day Moody approached the victim and asked her not to ring the police because he didn't want to go to jail.
Mr Collins said: "Her friend could see she was getting upset and she made her own opinions known to the defendant, to which he said 'watch what happens to you and your family'."
The two women and a man later went to confront Moody and he pulled a knife from his waistband and threatened to slit the throat of his partner's friend.
Moody, 31, of Saint Luke's Road, Percy Main, North Shields, who has 87 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to common assault, threatening another with a blade, criminal damage and perverting the course of justice and was jailed for 18 months.
Judge Tim Gittins told him: "It would have been extremely frightening for her to be assaulted in that way.
"Fortunately it was short-lived, fortunately she suffered no long term physical damage but the psychological effect of domestic violence is clear."
Paul Caulfield, defending, said: "There are two sides to every story.
"He has a number of personal problems.
"He intends to have nothing more to do with the people involved in this incident."