A VIOLENT thug lashed out at his girlfriend and smashed her phone – after she said she might be working away for two weeks.
Ryan Whittington flew into a rage with the woman, and grabbed her when she tried to get away.
The 24-year-old then snatched her phone and smashed it against her car.
Whittington, of Mowbray Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to assault at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard he had two previous convictions for attacking girlfriends, the latest only last year.
He was on a community order for that assault at the time of his latest attack.
Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “They had been in a relationship for 10 months.
“She said he was controlling and always wanted her to stay at his flat and not go out on her own.
“She said he made her feel worthless.
“When she told him she had been asked to work away for a couple of weeks by text message, it started an argument and she agreed to meet him.”
Mrs Guest said that when the woman drove to his street, he was waiting and got in the car.
She added: “She told him to get out, but he refused. Then, when she tried to get out, he grabbed her with both hands and dragged her back in.
“He then grabbed her phone and smashed it off the floor.
“She managed to drive home and call the police.”
Sentencing Whittington, Judge John Foster said: “It is apparent that you are totally unfit to enter into a relationship.
“You subjected this lady to humiliation in a public place for absolutely no reason.
“At the time, you were on a community order for something similar with another partner.
“This is so serious that a prison sentence has to be passed.”
He gave Whittington a 14-week prison sentence for the assault and a six-week sentence for the criminal damage, to run concurrent, suspended for 18 months.
Whittington was also made subject to a two-year restraining order, banning him from contacting the woman or entering her street, and ordered to undergo relationship training.
Whittington also has to pay £300 compensation, £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
Judge Foster added: “You have little or no understanding that it is wrong to behave in this way.
“If you don’t comply with the suspended sentence order, you will go to prison.”