A YOB hit his ex-girlfriend’s pal in the face after starting an argument outside of a pub.
Peter Bartleson bumped into his former girlfriend and a friend of hers in Nexus, in Church Street, Hartlepool, and bought the pair a drink as they all stood chatting.
Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that the two women then told the 25-year-old defendant that they were leaving but as they did so he followed and began pushing the complainant, causing her to fall over.
They ended up outside the bar in the street, with Bartleson shouting and swearing and making derogatory remarks towards his ex-girlfriend.
Prosecuting Joanne Hesse told justices: “The victim asked the defendant to leave but he then hit her in the face, causing her head to jerk backwards.
“It was the following morning when she saw her left eye was bruised and swollen that she reported the matter to police and the defendant was arrested.”
She added: “Bartleson fully admitted shouting and swearing at the complainant and using a large amount of force to push her causing her to fall into the crowd.
“He admitted his actions were reckless but didn’t mean to hurt her.”
Bartleson, of Oxford Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to assault by beating on April 10 and represented himself in court.
When asked if he would like to address the magistrates about what happened that night, he said: “It just happened because I was drunk, it shouldn’t have happened and I’m sorry.
“Everything you’ve heard is correct.”
Chairman of the bench Doreen Goode fined the defendant £250, ordered him to pay £250 compensation, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, a total court bill of £600.