FECKLESS father Keith Macdonald is behind bars today over an assault on his ex-girlfriend.
The infamous love rat – who reportedly has nine children – headbutted Stephanie Jubb in an argument over a cheese toastie.
Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard he then snatched £80 and Miss Jubb’s mobile phone and fled the house they shared in Meadow Street, East Rainton.
The terrified 24-year-old fled to neighbour Paul Gascoigne’s house to call 999 and said she had been “angry and upset” since the incident on March 1.
But the love rat, originally from Washington, failed to turn up for a trial at the court on June 13, where he was convicted of assault, stealing the money, a Sony Ericsson mobile phone and causing criminal damage to a Wii games console.
He was brought before city JPs yesterday after handing himself in to police.
Macdonald, 28, who first made headlines in 2005 when the Echo revealed he had fathered six children by six different women before he was 20, admitted a charge of absconding.
Prosecutor Lee Poppett said: “Four months have passed and he had not handed himself in until he was arrested at some point today or yesterday.”
The court heard the lothario already had one conviction for assaulting Miss Jubb and another for kicking ex-partner Rebecca Wright and grabbing her mother Brenda.
Defending, Gavin Sword said Macdonald, who was living in Stoke, had intended to travel back to Sunderland for the trial, but lost his train ticket and could not afford to replace it.
He added that Macdonald had called his office a number of times since June to say he was intending to come back to the North East.
Chairman of the bench John Scott ordered Macdonald to remain in custody two weeks while Probation Service prepared a pre-sentence report, looking at all options, including jail.