Jarrow man threw ex-girlfriend down stairs in row over broken plate

Newcastle Crown Court.
Newcastle Crown Court.

A man who threw a woman down the stairs over an argument about a smashed plate has been handed a community order.

Robert Thornton, 33, was in breach of a suspended sentence for another assault against an ex-partner when the incident took place.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that Thornton’s ex-girlfriend had been visiting his mother at her home in Tynemouth Road, Jarrow, on July 3 this year and he accidentally smashed a plate, which led to an argument between the two.

Glen Gatland, prosecuting, said: “An argument began upstairs and the defendant grabbed her and put her in a headlock. He then pushed her down the stairs. Luckily, she sustained no serious injury.

“The defendant’s mother said that the woman had thrown a dishcloth at him.”

In a police interview Thornton said that the woman had “had a go” at him for smashing the plate.

He said that she had no right “kicking off” at him in his mother’s house.

Thornton, of Tynemouth Road, was in breach of a suspended sentence from an attack on an ex-partner on February 25.

Thornton pleaded guilty to common assault.

Rachel Hedworth defending said: “Mr Thornton is extremely remorseful for what he did and accepts that he has to moderate the ways he responds to certain situations.

“Since the incident he has been in no more trouble and has been working full time as a labourer.

“A custodial sentence could see him lose his job and he wishes to look after his two young daughters.

“He has reduced the amount he drinks and has given up abusing substances and is striving to put a stop to offending behaviour.

“He wants to lead a responsible life.”

Sentencing Thornton to 200 hours’ unpaid work within 12 months, Ms Recorder Taylor said: “It is clear the victim has experienced a certain amount of distress.”

Thornton was also made to undertake a 30- day rehabilitation programme.