A SCARBOROUGH man has been ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service after he punched and spat at his girlfriend.
Ashley Pallister, 18, of Pavillion Square, assaulted the woman on consecutive days in December.
He pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing.
The offences also put Pallister in breach of a conditional discharge, which was imposed on November 12 last year after he was convicted of theft.
Dawn Birkett, prosecuting, told Scarborough Magistrates’ Court that Pallister and his partner had been in a relationship for three years.
However the relationship began to deteriorate when Pallister’s girlfriend became pregnant. At the time of the assaults the couple’s child was eight weeks old.
The first assault occurred on December 13 at Manham Hill in Eastfield.
Mrs Birkett said: “They had an argument by phone and the complainant was upset. Later that evening she went into town to visit a friend after her mum offered to look after the baby.
“She was going home on the bus and the defendant got on. The complainant said she couldn’t be bothered to speak to him.
“When the bus got to Manham Hill shops the defendant wouldn’t let the complainant past to get off the bus.
“The defendant then punched her in the stomach. She said it was a hard punch but she just carried on walking.”
Pallister’s girlfriend reported the incident to police, but the next day she encountered Pallister again, this time at Lowfield Flats in Eastfield.
In a statement by the victim which was read to the court, she said: “It was just before midday and I was walking on my own and I saw him coming up towards me.
“I told him to go away and not to come near me. He was walking behind me then I felt him spit at me which hit the back of my neck.”
Pallister went on to spit two more times in the victim’s face.
He then grabbed her phone and placed his foot over it and told her not to call the police.
Pallister then threatened to smash the victim’s windows if the incident was reported.
The woman ignored the threats and later contacted the police.
Marcus Topham, who represented Pallister, pointed out that his client had spent two weeks remanded in custody.
He said that the couple were still together and that his client was determined to improve his behaviour.
“He is going to try and be a responsible father to that young child,” he added.
The chairman of the bench, Wing Commander Donald Graham, said: “Beating a woman is never a clever thing to do and spitting on anyone is revolting.”
As well as the unpaid work, Pallister will undergo supervision and complete a thinking skills programme.
No order for costs or compensation was made.