He claims he acted in self-defence

Former Happy Mondays dancer Bez has been convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Bez – real name Mark Berry – accused his then partner Monica Ward of stealing money from him, before grabbing her neck with both hands and throttling her, reports The Press Association.

Speaking to Manchester magistrates, Ward said that Bez was “looking insane” and threatened to kill her after she alerted police.

The argument broke out at their flat in Whalley Range, Manchester, following a dispute over the whereabouts of takings from a gig the night before.

Bez, who claims he acted in self-defence, will be sentenced on August 25.