Man broke girlfriend’s collarbone in row

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A MAN has been ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend after he broke her collarbone during an attack at his home.

The victim, from Whitburn, could see bone sticking out through her skin after the attack in August.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how she was left with a six-inch scar following surgery to the injury and needed physiotherapy.

Dean Barrow, of Rembrandt Avenue, South Shields, admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

The 43-year-old was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years, with 150 hours’ unpaid work and supervision.

He must stay away from his former partner under the terms of a restraining order and pay her £250 compensation.

Recorder Steven Coupland told Barrow: “It is clear that, at some stage, she struck you. What you should have done is turn your back and walk away. It should have ended there.

“You didn’t do that. You chose to lash out, slapping her once, causing her to fall over.

“I accept entirely you did not intend to cause serious injury, which is what she got.

“Courts do not tolerate people beating up women at home. It is wrong, and you know it is wrong.

“The normal sentence is a prison sentence for as long as the judge can pass.”

The judge said he accepted the attack was a one-off and that Barrow does not have a history of violence.

Jane Foley, defending, said the couple split up after the attack and there has been no trouble since.