Birthday row led to man’s attack on girlfriend

ATTACK ... Daniel Smith.

ATTACK ... Daniel Smith.

A DRUNKEN man attacked his girlfriend after a booze-fuelled row on his birthday night out.

Daniel Smith pushed his partner into metal shutters and was spotted lifting a traffic cone over his head when police arrived to deal with the dispute.

Officers had been alerted after Smith was caught on town centre CCTV cameras covering Fowler Street, in South Shields.

He had pleaded guilty to a charge of assault by beating at a previous hearing.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said: “On December 5, local authority cameras alerted police to an assault taking place on Fowler Street in South Shields.

“Smith had lifted a traffic cone above his head as if to strike her, but saw the police van arrive and put it down.

“The CCTV showed they were arguing at about 12.10am and shows Smith pushing her into metal shutters.”

Valerie Bell, defending, said: “He does accept his guilt, he had been drinking on the night in question and accepts his behaviour was wrong.

“He remains in a relationship with his partner. She doesn’t want to see him locked up.

“Both had been drinking for his birthday. She wanted to go to a club and he wanted to go home.

“Things got out of hand. He says it wouldn’t have happened had he been sober.

“He has now committed to being alcohol free. He has moved away from South Shields so he is not near the people he goes out drinking with.”

The court heard that Smith is subject to a suspended sentence order, after assaulting a police officer when he was arrested for causing criminal damage to the home of his partner’s parents in Jarrow.

That offence took place in January – after the assault on his girlfriend.

Smith, 24, of Villette Path, in Hendon, Sunderland, was given a 12-month community order and 130 hours of unpaid work to carry out at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, as well as court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

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