A BARNSLEY man who ‘throttled’ a 16-year-old girl in a wedding punch-up has been jailed for almost two years.

Jonathan Waite, 48, of Dodworth, denied wrapping his hands around the teen’s neck after he was chucked out of the wedding reception claiming instead that he had been trying to push her away.

But his defence was rejected by Oxford Magistrates’ Court, who convicted him in July of the attack outside a pub in Freeland, Oxford, last October.

He had five previous convictions and, at the time of the wedding bust-up, was on post-prison sentence licence having been given 12 months in late 2021 for causing actual bodily harm.

He was jailed last Friday for 21 months and was handed a restraining order banning Waite from contacting the teen victim for five years.