Violent boyfriend banned from bothering ex

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A VIOLENT boyfriend has been ordered to stay away from his former partner.

Jordan Pulling’s 18-year-old victim was left with scratches after she fell and landed on broken glass where he had smashed a bottle.

A court heard Pulling and his then-partner had been arguing loudly in the street and were both drunk.

The 22-year-old, of Earl Street, Millfield, in Sunderland, pleaded guilty to assault.

Prosecuting, Jeanette Smith told Sunderland magistrates how a neighbour heard the pair’s row in the early hours of February 16.

She said: “The witness said they heard a male and female arguing on St Mark’s Road. It started to last longer than a normal argument, and they saw a female sitting on the pavement and a male standing over her waving his arms.

“At one point, they saw him pick up her shoes and handbag and throw them down in anger. They were both shouting aggressively at each other, the female only stopping to cry.

“She heard a bottle being smashed but did not see how it happened.”

Mrs Smith added that there was no suggestion that Pulling had pushed his girlfriend into the glass.

Pulling was later arrested and admitted to officers he had kicked out at her while she was on the ground.

Tony Southwick, defending, said the girl had drunk eight pints of lager at a party and it was “not a one-sided incident”.

He added: “What he actually admits to doing is nudging her on the backside with his foot and saying ‘Come on, get up’.”

Mr Southwick went on to say that the girl had not wanted to press charges and Pulling was not arrested until the following day.

They had now separated and Pulling no longer wanted anything to do with her.

District Judge Roger Elsey imposed a three-year restraining order on Pulling, banning him from causing his victim harassment, alarm or distress.

He said: “You have a significant record of alcohol-fuelled disorder and violence and a conviction for GBH, possessing cannabis and for assault.

“Your last conviction was for assault on the same victim. It seems you have not affected the changes needed to protect the community from further offending.”

Pulling was also ordered to complete a two-year community sentence and a domestic violence programme, pay £60 victim surcharge and £85 towards court costs.