A HGV driver admitted headbutting his partner in a drunken row.
Appearing at Chester and Ellesmere Port Magistrates Court on Friday, Sean O’Gorman, 43, of Walnut Grove, Whitby, Ellesmere Port, pleaded guilty to a charge of the assault by beating of Brenda Carey on February 18.
Wendy Newton, prosecuting, told the court how O’Gorman and Miss Carey had been drinking Bacardi in their home throughout the evening.
Mrs Newton described O’Gorman as having drank more than his partner.
An argument about financial problems broke out between the couple and Miss Carey left the living room to sit in the upstairs bathroom.
Mrs Newton said: “The victim was sitting on the edge of the bath when the defendant came in to ask her for some tobacco which she had in her pocket. They continued arguing and then his face came close to hers and he then headbutted her.”
O’Gorman then took the tobacco and left the bathroom.
Miss Carey suffered reddening to her forehead in the assault.
Her 11-year-old daughter was asleep in a neighbouring bedroom and Miss Carey decided to wake her up and take her from the house.
She then flagged down a passing police patrol and reported the attack.
Magistrates gave O’Gorman a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement and was told to pay £85 court costs.