A SOUTH Tyneside man who attacked his girlfriend after a row during an evening out has been handed a community order.
Robert Warrener, 28, pushed his partner on a sofa and cut his hand when he punched a picture frame in anger.
He also damaged a dressing table in the home the couple shared in Russell Street, Jarrow, during the argument.
Warrener pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and one of criminal damage at an earlier hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
He appeared back at court for sentencing after the case was adjourned for a probation report.
The court heard the couple had been out visiting friends on Wednesday, November 6 and Warrener become verbally abusive during the evening, in which he had been drinking and taking amphetamines.
When they returned home, at around midnight, the dispute continued.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “The victim said she had been in a very good relationship with Warrener for 14 months.
“They had an evening out visiting friends. By about 10.45pm, he was becoming more drunk and started to become very abusive towards his girlfriend.”
Warrener left to go home, with his girlfriend returning soon after.
A mutual friend was at the address and Warrener accused his girlfriend of using the pals’ phone, reigniting the argument.
Mr Anderson added: “He pushed her on the sofa and she hit her head on the wall. He then clenched his fist and she feared he was going to hit her but he punched a picture frame on the wall and cut his hand.”
The injured party suffered a bump to the back of her head, swelling to her left eye and a sore left shoulder.
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He does want to emphasise that this was an isolated incident. He understands the need for him to change his behaviour.”
The court heard that Warrener, now of Tatham Street, Sunderland, has given up drink and drugs since the assault.
Warrener was handed an 18-month community order with supervision and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.