A MAN who slapped his girlfriend after a row, has been ordered to serve his punishment in the community.
Jordan Jordison, now 20, was one of two teenagers who chased tragic Jordan Maddison in the moments before his death in 2008.
The 12-year-old schoolboy suffered from a chronic heart defect and collapsed close to his home in East Herrington.
No charges were ever brought against Jordison and a 17-year-old, who could not be named for legal reasons.
On Friday, Jordison, of Britannia Terrace, Fence Houses, was sentenced at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, after pleading guilty to assaulting his now ex-partner.
The court heard that Jordison pleaded guilty earlier this month.
The offence also meant he had breached a conditional discharge imposed for resisting a police officer in January last year.
Prosecutor David Richardson said the attack took place after an argument broke out between Jordison and Natasha Stoker on Sunday, March 21.
Mr Richardson said: “He believed the injured party had been in a sexual relationship with another man.
“She was flailing her arms about. He accepts he pushed her and when she came back towards him he slapped her to the face with the back of his hand, causing a small cut to the inside of her mouth.”
Defending, Sandra Fife said: “Fortunately, they were not serious injuries; a cut on the lip is what has been described.
“They are no longer in a relationship and don’t even see each other, because she lives a long way away from Jordan.”
Chairwoman of the bench Mary McNab imposed a 24-month community order with supervision and ordered Jordison go on a domestic violence programme.
He was also ordered to pay £45 compensation to his victim and £85 towards court costs.
No action was taken for the breach of the conditional discharge.