A RESTRAINING order was taken out against a man who headbutted his girlfriend.
Robert Guy, formerly of Grantham but now living with his mother in Roman Bank, Skegness, was told by magistrates he had escaped prison “by the skin of his teeth”.
Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, told the court how Guy got into an argument with his ex-partner about custody of their child at the victim’s Grantham home before “banging her head against a wall and headbutting her in the face, causing a cut to her mouth”.
He then left the property with their baby daughter before damaging a car parked outside.
Mr Paulson said Guy had a “history of domestic violence in the relationship” but this was denied by Alex Rynn, defending.
Mr Rynn told the court Guy was remorseful about the attack.
He said: “He is clearly very upset by what has taken place.
“He has expressed to me regret for putting his ex-partner through this and for the children seeing what they saw.”
Mr Rynn added: “He accepts he lost his temper - the red mist descended.
“He lost control of himself and his actions and caused the injuries.
“He is deeply sorry.”
Mr Rynn asked magistrates to send the 22-year-old defendant on a domestic violence course rather than to prison.
Mr Rynn said: “He states that he wants to change, but often doesn’t know how to deal with his anger.
“What he needs rather than a term of incarceration is some help.”
Guy admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage.
He was sentenced to a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, and must complete a domestic violence course.
Guy was also given a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim in any way and pay £25 in costs.