Teen avoids prison after attack on ex

A “RECONCILIATORY” talk to try and rescue a previously violent relationship ended with a Scarborough man head-butting his former girlfriend, a court heard.

Daniel Mark Dunn, 18, of Edgehill Road, appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing after having previously admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm,

Sobina Ahmed, prosecuting, told how on March 13 this year, Dunn had visited the home of his ex-girlfriend to discuss the end of their 18 month “often violent” relationship.

During an argument, she asked him to leave and slapped him across the face, so hard she bruised her finger tips, when he called her a “dirty little whore”.

It was then, said Miss Ahmed, that Dunn pulled the woman close and then head-butted her on the bridge of her nose.

Dunn then left, saying he was sorry, and was seen by a neighbour laughing, saying that he had just “nutted” the woman but adding that he hadn’t meant it.

The court heard that Dunn made further apologies on Facebook and immediately admitted what he had done when arrested.

The victim has since the offence made a retraction statement, saying that she did not want her former boyfriend prosecuting as he had been good to her and her four-year-old son.

The court was told that Dunn had appeared before the courts as a juvenile on charges of arson, theft and assault.

Adam Birkby, mitigating, said that his client realised he had a problem with his temper, although his previous offences of violence were not related to the woman but to street fighting.

Adding that Dunn was “terrified” of returning to custody, having already served a short sentence in the past.

Dunn was sentenced to six months custody, suspended for two years, placed under 12 months supervision and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.