Dad attacked ex-girlfriend’s new partner at South Shields funfair – after he posted picture of young daughter with cigarette

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A teenager landed himself in the dock after launching a fairground attack on his ex-girlfriend’s partner.

Reece Nixon struck the man to the side of the face while he was out with the defendant’s former partner and their two-year-old daughter in South Shields.

The 19-year-old admitted a charge of assault by beating when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrates were told Nixon carried out the ‘impulsive’ attack after seeing a social media image of the man putting a rolled up cigarette in the mouth of his daughter while she was on his knee.

Katherine Hannah, prosecuting, said: “The injured party was at the fairground in South Shields, pushing a pram, on April 5 when he was punched in the side of the face.

“He said he knew the defendant as his female companion used to be in a relationship with him.

“The child was in the arms of the woman at the time.”

Matthew Purves, defending, said: “He behaved in impulse as part of a response to a photo published on a social network of his daughter sitting on the complainant’s knee with a rolled up cigarette held in her mouth.

“This was never a planned meeting.

“The two men live in different areas.

“It was a chance meeting and he behaved quite poorly.

“It was a single blow and no injuries were caused.

“He hopes to put this behind him.”

Nixon, of Waterville Road, North Shields, was given a 12-month conditional discharge by magistrates.

He must also pay £25 compensation to the victim as well as court costs of £40 and a victim surcharge of £15.