A MAN who threw a glass at his pregnant girlfriend during a drunken argument has been given a suspended prison sentence.
David Green was locked up for three months on remand after the incident which a judge at Durham Crown Court said was sufficient punishment.
Prosecutor Rupert Doddswell told the court the argument began when the couple were drinking at a friend’s house in Queen Alexandrina Street, Seaham.
“Both parties were intoxicated,” said Mr Doddswell. “It appears the argument was over who was the father of the baby.
“Green picked up a half-pint glass and threw it in the direction of his girlfriend. It missed, but did hit her on the forehead after bouncing off the wall of the room.”
Green, 22, of Fox Street, Seaham admitted unlawful wounding on June 2.
He has previous convictions for offences of dishonesty, affray and being drunk and disorderly.
Ron Mitchell, defending, said in mitigation: “This was a stupid, drunken argument and the couple are now reconciled.
“The victim has been visiting Mr Green in prison and they have taken a tenancy on a new property in Easington so there is a real chance of a fresh start.”
The Recorder, Mr Ben Nolan QC, sentenced Green to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months.
The recorder told him: “The injuries caused were thankfully only a fairly minor cut to the forehead, which I doubt will produce any lasting scar.
“Causing such injuries with a glass is sufficient to warrant a custodial sentence, but because you have already served three months on remand, I can suspend it.
“You should bear in mind it will be hanging over your head for the next 18 months, and should you come back before the courts there is a good chance you will go to prison,”
Green must complete an alcohol treatment programme as a condition of his suspended sentence.