Sunderland man spared jail for knocking his girlfriend out in drunken row

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A man knocked his girlfriend unconscious after a drunken argument erupted into violence, a court was told.

Bradley Dixon punched the woman in the face causing her to pass out during a row on April 22, Sunderland magistrates heard.

You punched her twice, so hard that she was unconscious for a period.

District Judge Andrew Purcell

He had turned to drink after the death of his father, the court was told.

District Judge Andrew Purcell sentenced the 25-year-old, of Portchester Road, Pennywell, to a three-month suspended prison sentence after he admitted assault.

“Assaults in domestic situations are serious,” the judge said. “They are serious because our partners are people we should be safe with.

“Whilst I sympathise with the death of your father, I can’t say that would excuse your behaviour.

“This was a serious assault.

“You punched her twice, so hard that she was unconscious for a period. Only custody is appropriate.”

Jason Smith, defending, said: “There is clear connection between this particular incident and the death of his father.

“This particular evening the amount of alcohol they had consumed got the better of both of them, but that doesn’t excuse his actions.

“He has little or no recollection of the incident itself, he had unfortunately consumed such a quantity of alcohol.

“They have continued their relationship. She refused to make a statement and does not wish to have a restraining order imposed.”

Dixon was also given a supervision order to run alongside the 12-month suspension, 20 days specified probation activity and 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs, a £60 surcharge and a £150 criminal court charge.