A MAN poured milk over his girlfriend’s head and threw a bowl of cereal at her – because she was going to a meeting with a domestic violence worker.
Lee Robinson lost his temper when he found out the woman – who he has two children with – had been in touch with Options, a charity helping victims of domestic violence in South Tyneside.
On the night before the appointment, the 36-year-old pushed a DVD stand into her, cutting her mouth and the next day, he sprayed her with aftershave and perfume so she would “stink”.
Then, as she was trying to leave, he hurled the Nesquik cereal at her.
Robinson, of Bishop Crescent, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Claire Wright, prosecuting, said: “His girlfriend says he is controlling and abusive, and they were arguing because he found out she had an appointment with domestic violence charity Options.
“He pushed a DVD stand over, which hit her in the mouth, causing her lip to bleed.
“The next day, when she was getting ready to go to the meeting, he began to shout and scream at her, sprayed her with perfume and aftershave, and told her she was going to stink.
“Then he threw a bowl of Nesquik cereal at her head, and poured milk over her.
“She tried to leave and he said the people at Options were brainwashing her against him.”
The woman went to the police station and made a statement about the attack, and he was arrested.
Ian Cruickshank, defending, said: “There is no reason why he can’t carry out unpaid work.
“The main thrust of this sentence has to be to rehabilitate him – if for no other reason than to make sure the little ones are looked after.”
Magistrates gave Robinson a two-year community order with supervision, and a domestic violence programme requirement.
He was also ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work.