A DRUNKEN man stormed into his ex-girlfriend’s new home and attacker her over claims she had a new boyfriend.
Barry Briggs, of Rangoon Road, Sunderland, went to the woman’s new home in South Shields at 1am on March 6 and banged on the door to try to get her attention.
When the 40-year-old didn’t answer, he threw a football against her kitchen window before eventually sleeping in her unlocked car for the night.
In the morning, she let Briggs in, and he grabbed her mobile phone, threw the mum-of-two to the floor, and punching her in the face – in front of their two children.
Briggs pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
John McGlone, prosecuting, told the court Briggs had been out drinking before he went to the home.
A statement from the victim was read out in court. It said: “I was petrified and don’t understand how anyone can do this to me for no reason.
“I was scared for my children – they were crying their eyes out.”
Gerry Scott, defending, said: “He accepts he pulled her hair and punched her once. It was an unpleasant and sustained assault.”
Magistrates adjourned the case until April 25 for the probation service to prepare a report about Briggs.
He was granted bail on the conditions that he does not contact the victim or enter her street.