Man pushed girlfriend in front of car

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A VIOLENT boyfriend shoved his screaming partner into the path of a car after they rowed on a night out.

The woman, who had just escaped a violent marriage, was left with grazes after the terrifying attack by Kevin McKenzie last month.

The motorist, who narrowly missed the woman, heard a “piercing scream” and alerted police, who arrested the 50-year-old.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard the pair had been for a night out in Durham before getting the last bus to McKenzie’s home town of Houghton.

McKenzie launched the attack shortly after midnight, as they walked towards his home in Bernard Street, Fence Houses, after drinking at the Britannia Inn, in Newbottle Street.

Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said the woman was walking in front of McKenzie, when he pushed her from behind, sending her stumbling forward on her high heels.

He then threw her shoes into a nearby garden and tried to snatch her mobile phone, as she was calling her sister.

The court was told McKenzie then dragged the woman away from the road and bundled her into his house, catching her bracelet on the door frame and ripping it off.

She escaped after he went to bed and was found walking her dog by officers.

“I was very frightened during this incident,” the woman said in a victim statement.

“I had recently got out of a violent marriage which Kevin knows, so I’m very upset by this incident.”

Defence solicitor Gavin Sword said the pair had argued after the woman accused McKenzie of being “over-friendly with people on the bus”.

He added that the relationship was now over.

“It was after midnight and the injured party says, ‘I’m going to ring my sister in Wetherby and get her to come and get me’.

“Then there was a sort of struggle, he tries to get the phone, as she is insisting that she is going to ring her sister.

“In the course of that, he causes her to fall into the road.

“He did plead guilty to the matter straight away and he did admit the matter straight away during interview.”

McKenzie, who was of previous good character, was given a six-month community order with supervision by magistrates.

Chairman Christopher Hutchinson also imposed a 12-month restraining order.

McKenzie must also pay £130 compensation to his former partner, £80 towards court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.