A DAD-to-be attacked his pregnant girlfriend after a row about him sleep talking.
Colin Thompson, from Sunderland, hit the woman over the head after an argument – during which he said he wished she’d had an abortion.
The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to assault at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecutor Sarah Guest told magistrates that his victim claimed he hit her with some hair straighteners, something Thompson denies.
She said: “He has never fully accepted her account of the assault.
“He never accepted that he assaulted her with hair straighteners.
“He gave two interviews to police, because he accepted that he lied in the first interview.”
Thompson’s victim, who the court heard fell pregnant within days of them meeting, said in a witness statement that they were in a relationship, but he became aggressive and angry.
Mrs Guest said the couple rowed on April 17, because Thompson was talking in his sleep.
She said: “He was sleep talking and clearly referring to a sister.
“She is paranoid because of what had happened in an earlier relationship.
“He gets really angry and slams the door into the kitchen and told her he wished she had a termination.”
The argument became violent, with Thompson hitting the woman round the head.
As she tried to leave, Thompson slammed one of the doors in her rented house, breaking the frame.
The court heard that Thompson had convictions for assault and criminal damage, dating back to 2005.
He had been living on the streets, but now had a place with the Salvation Army in Sunderland.
Zoe Passfield, defending him, said he “panicked” during in his first police interview.
She added: “This offence has been something of a wake-up call for Mr Thompson.
“He is very, very concerned about his behaviour towards his partner.
“He is embarrassed and has started to question why it happened.
“As a result of that, he has started to look at his own life and his own behaviour and look at problems he experienced in his childhood and teenage years.”
Thompson was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay £150 to Gentoo for the damaged door frame and £40 to his victim.