Man beat up partner in front of four-year-old son

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A MAN who attacked his girlfriend in front of their four year-old son is ‘thoroughly ashamed’ of his actions, a court heard.

Alex Carnegie dragged his partner to the floor by her hair before striking her on the head after returning home in the early hours from a boozy night out.

The 25-year-old then punched a hole in a door after she fled the house with the couple’s two children.

Carnegie, of Woodvale Drive, Hebburn, pleaded guilty to charges of assault and criminal damage when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “This has a domestic matter. The injured party has been in a relationship with the defendant for six years and they have two children together.

“At 6am on February 20, he banged loudly on the front door.

“She let him in, but criticised him for coming in at that time.

“She went to settle down the children in the bedrooom and he became abusive.

“She describes that he flipped and dragged her to the floor by her hair and hit her on the back of the head, though she is not sure if he punched or slapped her.

“Their four-year-old son was present and was hysterical. He said ‘daddy, get off mummy’.”

A neighbour called the police, who arrested Carnegie at the house.

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “They have been in a relationship for six years and have two children together.

“He accepts there was a pull of the hair.

“The assault lasted for a couple of seconds.

“He is thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour, in particular that his children were present.

“He has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”

District Judge Helen Cousins asked for a probation report to be prepared ahead of sentencing.

Carnegie will be back at court for sentencing on May 14.