A JEALOUS ex-boyfriend attacked his former partner as she sat on the toilet.
Sean Duncton hurled verbal abuse at the victim, then threw her to the floor and stamped on her.
She suffered a black eye and pain to her ribs, head and ear as a result of the violence.
Duncton, of Friar Square, Ford Estate, denied assault and claimed his victim had “made up a story”.
But he was found guilty by a jury after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
Jurors heard how the 30-year-old had been drinking when he turned up at his ex-girlfriend’s Farringdon home last September.
The court heard the conversation between them “was not particularly pleasant” and ended with him calling her cruel names.
Duncton fell asleep at the house but snapped when he woke up.
Prosecutor David Comb told the court: “She went into the bathroom and he followed her and demanded to know ‘what are you doing, you slut?’.
“She replied: ‘What are you talking about? I’m on the toilet’.
“It was at that point he grabbed her and threw her to the floor before attacking her.”
Sentencing Ducton yesterday, Recorder Jamie Hill said the attack was serious enough to justify a prison sentence.
“The complainant was sitting on the toilet, they had been arguing, he dragged her from the toilet then kicked and stamped on her.”
However, Recorder Hill said Duncton’s jail term could be suspended as he has been on remand since being convicted last month.
Duncton was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years, with an 18-month supervision order.
He has also been banned by a restraining order from going within 200 metres of his victim’s house or approaching her in person.
The judge told Duncton: “You have had your first taste of custody.
“Though it’s not a very long taste, around three weeks, I have read and heard that you have not taken that lightly.
“Quite apart from not enjoying the experience, you have at least tried to use the time constructively, which stands you in good stead.”
Alec Burns, defending, said Duncton has completed courses and made a business plan in prison, in the hope of setting up his own gardening company.