A MAN assaulted his pregnant partner during a dispute over her drinking.
Blackburn magistrates heard the prosecution accepted the assault by Jack Walsh had been reckless rather than deliberate but he was still recalled on prison licence until March 2022.
Walsh, 26, of Vernon Street, Darwen, pleaded guilty to assault and criminal damage to a mobile phone. He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months.
Pam Ward, prosecuting, said the victim was 11 weeks pregnant at the time of the incident.
Police were called by her offender manager after she told her she had been assaulted by her partner.
“The officer saw a cut on her head and the victim appeared shaken,” said Mrs Ward.
“She was reluctant to say what had happened but did say it was her partner who had hit her and broken her phone.”
Lyndsey Brown, defending, said the couple argued after he saw a number flash up on her snapchat account and challenged her about it.
She left the house and when she returned was drunk and carrying a bottle of vodka in one hand and a can of beer in the other.
“She called the midwife and said she thought she had killed the baby by drinking,” said Ms Brown.
“He tried to take the alcohol off her and in the struggle they both fell onto a bed settee and she pulled out an earring.
“He accepts that in temper he threw her phone against the wall and it bounce off and hit her causing a cut on her head.”