|Split: Justin Beckett & Aubrey Fernandez|
An Old Harrovian business consultant smothered his girlfriend until she thought she was going to die, a court heard.
Justin Beckett, 32, an old boy of the £38,000-a year public school will return to Westminster Magistrates Court for sentencing on January 16.
Beckett, the co-founder of JAV Digital Solutions Ltd, pleaded guilty to assaulting eyelash entrepreneur Aubrey Fernandez, causing her actual bodily harm, on December 9, last year at her home at 22 Devonshire Street, Marylebone.
The property doubles as the address for SpecialEyes, Aubrey’s eyelash extension business, for which she charges up to £90.00 per fitting.
She previously studied hospitality and tourism at Harrow International Business School.
He lives at a £1.6m flat at nearby 4 Nottingham Street and is banned from contacting his ex as a condition of bail until his sentencing after probation reports are prepared.
Prosecutor Mr. Jonathan Bryan told the court: “The defendant placed the bedcover over her head and she felt she could not breathe.
“She said: ‘I thought I was going to die,’ and he would not let her out of the flat.
“He grabbed her again and pushed her back and she banged her head against the wall and then pushed her down the stairs.
“It was a sustained serious incident and there are previous unreported incidents she refers to, but there were no reports to the police at the time.”
Beckett is also the founder of Just B Digital and describes himself in his business profile as a “seasoned entrepreneur” advising on software and technology.