A MAN attacked his girlfriend’s bottom with a fence post during a drunken row.
Christopher Hopps lashed out at Hayley Watson after an argument broke out as they made their way home from a night out.
The force of the blow sent Ms Watson stumbling over a garden wall and left her with soreness and grazing to her buttock.
When police arrived at the scene, Hopps, 25, attacked one of the officers and sent him crashing down an embankment, leaving him with injuries and lacerations.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court the couple, who had been together about five months, had had about six pints each before a row flared, during which Hopps took his top off and ripped up a fence post from a garden as they walked home together.
Mr Bunch told the court: “She thought he was going to strike her, so pushed him away.
“He then hit out at her, using the length of wood to the area of her left buttock.
“She stumbled backwards and fell over a wall.
“There may have been a second blow.”
The court heard Ms Watson went to hospital because of her injuries.
Hopps, of Lloyds Avenue, East Rainton, admitted assault by beating, having an offensive weapon, damaging property and assaulting a police constable.
At Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Esmond Faulks sentenced Hopps to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 100 hours unpaid work and a condition to carry out a domestic violence programme.
The judge told Hopps: “Usually these offences would result in immediate imprisonment but it seems to me possible in your case to suspend the prison sentence.
“It is in the interests of the community you learn the error of your ways.”
The court heard Hopps has stopped drinking altogether since he carried out the attack.