AN alcoholic husband punched his wife twice in the face after he accused her of having an affair.
Michael Bolton, 41, attacked his partner of six years, after having “a huge amount” to drink, Teesside Crown Court heard.
The court heard Kelly Bolton was getting ready to go to sleep on May 16 after the couple had friends round.
Prosecutor David Crook said: “An argument ensued. He was quite clearly extremely intoxicated and without warning struck her twice with his fist to the left side of her jaw.”
Mrs Bolton suffered a burst lip that needed five stitches and her teeth were knocked out of alignment which she is still having treatment for.
She fled the house with her three children after the incident and the couple are now separated.
In a victim statement read in court she said she was “heartbroken” and had done nothing but cry since the assault.
Police found Bolton sitting on the stairs sobbing and arrested him.
The court heard he has two previous convictions for battery, also against women he was in relationships with.
He said he could not remember assaulting his wife, but pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Jim Withyman, mitigating, said Bolton is now on medication for his alcoholism.
Mr Withyman said: “He is thoroughly ashamed of what he’s done and it has clearly triggered him to get something done about his alcoholism.”
He added Bolton, of Eddleston Walk, Hartlepool, was working and still supported his wife and her children.
Bolton was given six months prison which was suspended for 18 months, with 18 months probation.
He was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation and attend an alcohol treatment course.
Judge Michael Taylor said: “After she had gone to bed you went up, accused her of having an affair and set about her, punching her twice violently in the face.
“She is having nightmares about what happened.”
Bolton was also given a five-year restraining order to stay away from the victim.