LOVE-RAT dad Keith Macdonald is today behind bars for headbutting an ex-partner when they rowed over a cheese toastie.
The 27-year-old, reported to be a father-of-nine, was convicted earlier this year of assaulting former girlfriend Stephanie Jubb at the home the pair were sharing.
Macdonald was not present at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on June 13 when he was found guilty of the assault.
Charges of theft and criminal damage were also proved in his absence.
Binman’s son Macdonald – who first made headlines in 2005 when the Echo revealed he had fathered six children by six women before he was 20 – handed himself into police earlier this month.
Prosecutor Paul Doney told the sentencing hearing, also before Sunderland magistrates, that Macdonald had returned home at about 5pm to the house he and Ms Jubb shared in Meadow Street, East Rainton, on March 1 this year.
They argued when Macdonald, who had been drinking, went to go upstairs to eat a toastie, where Ms Jubb had just cleaned.
He then stole £80, a Sony Ericsson mobile phone belonging to Ms Jubb and pulled a Wii games console from the socket.
Gavin Sword, mitigating for Macdonald, said: “He has some notoriety and is referred to in derogatory terms because he has so many children by different mothers.
“He shows in relation to a number of issues a motivation to change.
“Since the incident he has significantly moderated his drinking.
“He said he used to have a drink first thing in the morning, but since he has been living away from the area he doesn’t drink at all during the week and has two or three drinks on a weekend.”
Washington-born Macdonald, who gave his address as General Graham Street, Millfield, Sunderland, admitted a charge of absconding for not appearing at the earlier court hearing.
Mr Sword said his client had intended to travel from his then home in Stoke-on-Trent, but lost a train ticket which he could not afford to replace.
Macdonald was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, minus 14 days already spent on remand since.
Chairman of the bench Peter Cowling also made Macdonald the subject of a restraining order for 24 months, banning him from contacting Ms Jubb or going near her home.
“We feel that only a custodial sentence can be applied,” he said.