A DAD-TO-BE assaulted his heavily pregnant girlfriend after he became jealous of her talking to another man in a club.
Thomas Adey punched Elaine Kennedy, who was a month away from giving birth, in the leg and tried to headbutt her as they lay in bed together after the night out.
Ms Kennedy was not badly injured in the attack, but ended the year-long relationship with Adey – of The Poplars, Easington Lane – as she was left living in fear.
The eight-months-pregnant mum-to-be was left with a scratch mark on her nose and bruising to her thigh, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
The 24-year-old told police after the attack: “I am due to have my baby in four weeks. I am scared he will come back here and assault me.
“I want him to keep away. I am in fear for my safety and my baby’s. I don’t want him back.”
After the attack Adey, who has 115 previous convictions, took an overdose of tablets and was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.
While waiting in the emergency room he crept on to one of the wards, and stole a handbag from a nurse’s locker.
He was caught on CCTV rifling through the bag, and detained by security until the police got there.
Adey was then taken to the police station, where he used his own blood to write graffiti on the walls of his cell.
He was eventually released on bail, and just three days later took part in a house raid where property and cash were stolen while a couple and their two daughters slept upstairs.
When police searched his home they found about £300-worth of cannabis.
The 30-year-old admitted common assault, theft, criminal damage, possession of cannabis and burglary.
Christopher Morrison, defending, said Adey had been drinking heavily, including seven vodkas and two lagers, before the attack on Ms Kennedy on January 10.
“He was jealous of the attention she was paying to another man and the attention the other man was paying to her.
“They got home and unfortunately the argument about the incident in the club would not go away. The argument boiled over.”
Mr Morrison said Adey denies punching Ms Kennedy’s leg, and claims what happened was more of a “scuffle”.
Judge David Wood jailed Adey for a total of four years.
The judge told him: “Reports suggest you realise now that you are going down a road that really leads nowhere except to prison, and you are minded to do something about it. I hope that is the case.”