A man ripped out his former partner’s hair extensions during an argument in the street.
Acer Smith split with the woman and moved into a house across the road, South Northumbria Magistrates’ Court heard.
“He was in his front garden when Ms Smith returned to her property after visiting friends,” said Paul Anderson, prosecuting.
“There was a verbal altercation between him and the woman.
“Without warning, Smith lunged forward, punching, kicking, and pulling out the woman’s hair extensions as he did so.
“Her mobile phone was smashed in the fracas.
“Mr Smith was interviewed by police, and he was adamant there had been nothing more then a verbal argument between the two.”
Smith 27, of Collin Avenue, South Shields, denied assault by beating and criminal damage, both on May 28.
He was convicted of both offences after a trial.
Val Bell, defending, said: “There is little I can say about the incident. Mr Smith still maintains it was no more than a verbal altercation.
“He is now living with his mother and stepfather.
“Mr Smith is working, mostly away, as a shopfitter, for which he earns a good take-home wage of £425 a week.
“This enables him to help pay for a child he has with a previous partner.”
Smith was sentenced to a community order of 12 months, 25 days of rehabilitation activity and he was ordered to pay £805 in costs and compensation.
The bench made Smith the subject of a restraining order banning him from making any contact with the woman for 12 months.