A St. John's man has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing bodily harm.

Thirty-four-year-old Paul Morrissey went into an alcohol-fuelled rage last October after being given a note that stated his then partner was a prostitute.

Morrissey attacked the woman by kneeling on her neck in an attempt to smother her with a pillow.

A female friend intervened, and the woman was able to get out of the house.

Paul Morrissey

Paul Morrissey, who's pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing bodily harm, admits he has a problem with alcohol.

​Morrissey followed her, and a neighbour observed him grabbing her and throwing her against the house.

Two striking Labatt workers nearby stepped in to stop him from attacking her again.

When the police arrived, Morrissey asked them to take him away.

"I apologize to everyone, especially my son's mom. The one I'm hurting here the most is my [five-year-old] son. He shouldn't have to go through this," said Morrissey in court on Tuesday.

Morrissey admitted he had a problem with alcohol, but Judge Mike Madden said, "drinking is no excuse.”    

Madden sentenced Morrissey to eight months in prison and two years probation.