A MAN dragged his girlfriend to the ground after a day out at an amusement arcade.
Daniel McGougan and the woman had been drinking before going to The Dunes at South Shields seafront.
The 44-year-old was seen by a witness to follow his victim out of the building and on to Sea Road, where he grabbed her and pulled her to the ground.
McGougan, of Laygate, South Shields, pleaded guilty to assault at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “He grabbed her roughly by her jacket and caused her to fall to the ground.
“The witness helped her up and stood between her and McGoughan.
“When he was arrested, he said they had been drinking in Newcastle but came back to go to the Dunes.”
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He was a ham-fisted oaf in grabbing her jacket.
“They had both been drinking and he didn’t want her wandering off by herself.
“It was reckless.”
District Judge Helen Cousins gave McGougan a two-year conditional discharge.
He said: “Domestic violence is a scourge of modern society and the courts take it seriously.
“I can’t remember ever giving someone a conditional discharge for a domestic violence incident but you appear to be deeply remorseful.
“Understand how unusual this is.”
He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.