A MAN who kicked a table at his pregnant girlfriend then tried to cuddle her to apologise has been jailed.
Stephen Cooney, 28, was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to common assault and criminal damage at West Cheshire Magistrates Court.
The court heard how on March 18, Cooney, of Parklands View, Little Sutton, became embroiled in a row with his girlfriend, Amy Alman, 19 at his address.
After Miss Alman told Cooney she wanted to leave the flat, he took a can of deodorant and a cigarette lighter to make a flame which he sprayed 20 centimetres (8 ins) from his girlfriend’s face.
Cooney then threatened to burn Miss Alman’s clothes.
The row continued and Cooney kicked a wooden dining table into the stomach of his pregnant partner and kicked a television off its stand, worth £180.
Cooney grabbed Miss Alman around the throat and punched her in the face and mouth, knocking her tooth loose and leaving her with a bruised cheek.
Amanda Roberts, prosecuting, said Cooney then tried to cuddle Miss Alman “to say sorry”.
She added that Cooney had been “very controlling” in the relationship and had taken control of Miss Alman’s Facebook account and mobile phone.
Steve Coop, defending, said Cooney was in full-time employment but was signed off work due to health issues.
District Judge Michael Abelson said the case was a “nasty incident” and Cooney was “extremely fortunate to be charged with common assault”.
Cooney was sentenced to four months in jail for common assault with a month concurrent for the criminal damage caused.
A restraining order preventing Cooney from having any contact with Miss Alman was also put in place.
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