LOVE rat Keith McDonald is being sent on a course to teach him how to be a better boyfriend.
The feckless father – said to have 11 children with 10 different women – was ordered to attend the course as part of his sentence for assaulting a former partner and their three-year-old child.
Clare Bryant, who has two children with unemployed McDonald, suffered cuts and scratches in a spat at her Houghton home on June 11.
The 28-year-old got into an argument with his former lover as she did not want him to come into the house, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.
But the disagreement turned violent and he grabbed her hair, punching her and kneeing her in the head.
Once inside, the fight continued and McDonald, from Sunderland, managed to strike their three-year-old as he flung open a fridge door.
Michael Rose, prosecuting, said: “Ms Bryant was at home and Mr McDonald came round to the house as she was getting the children ready.
“She did not want him there and they began to argue at the door. It turned violent as she would not let him in.
“He tried to push past her and he grabbed hold of her hair and kneed her in the head.
“He went away, but came back into the house. By then, the children were in the room and an argument started about the fridge.
“He swung the door of the fridge open and the child was struck by the door.”
Gavin Sword, defending, said: “He claims he was trying to leave the house. He says both parties wanted to go out and not look after the child.
“But he accepts causing the injuries.”
Mr Sword added that McDonald, who has a history of violence against women, was now house-sharing with a friend who was helping him to cut down on his drinking and find a job.
McDonald, who has appeared on the Jeremy Kyle show, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of assault at a hearing on July 12.
Then the court heard the row centred on a pair of designer sunglasses and the fridge, which McDonald said belonged to his uncle.
McDonald was sentenced to 20 weeks in custody suspended for 24 months, and a two-year community order. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs, £100 compensation and a £80 victim surcharge.
Chairman Peter DeVere ordered McDonald, of Springwell Road, to enrol on the “building better relationships” programme and carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work.