Man who attacked girlfriend in front of young son is ‘bitterly ashamed’ of his behaviour

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A MAN who attacked his girlfriend in front of their “hysterical” four-year-old son after a boozy night out has been given a community order.

Alex Carnegie dragged his partner to the floor by her hair before hitting her on the head, after a row at their home in South Tyneside.

He just flipped and grabbed her by the hair and dragged her to the floor.

Prosecutor Christopher Kay

The 25-year-old then punched a hole in a door in the property, after she fled the house with their two young children.

Carnegie, of Woodfield Drive, Hebburn, pleaded guilty to charges of assault and criminal damage at a previous hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. He was back in the dock for sentencing after a probation report was completed on him.

The court heard he was “bitterly ashamed” of his actions and has taken steps himself to address issues with anger management and alcohol consumption.

Christopher Kay, prosecuting, said: “At 7pm on February 19, the defendant had gone out for a few drinks. At 6am, his partner was awoken by a bang on the door.

“She noted he was drunk and slurring his words. She criticised him for returning home at that time and he told her to ‘shut up’.”

Mr Kay said she advised Carnegie to sleep in their son’s bedroom, but he became abusive.

Mr Kay added: “He just flipped and grabbed her by the hair and dragged her to the floor, hitting her in the back of the head.

“She wasn’t sure if she was punched or slapped. Their son was hysterical, shouting ‘daddy, get off mummy.’”

Police were called and the injured party went to a neighbour’s house with the children, with police finding a hole in the bathroom door.

Valerie Bell, defending, said: “He is bitterly ashamed of what happened. The pair have now reconciled.”

Carnegie was given an 18-month community order and must complete 80 hours of unpaid work, as well as pay compensation of £50 to South Tyneside Homes for the damage to the door, and court costs of £85 and a £60 victim surcharge.