A thug threw a lampshade in his girlfriend's face after an argument over her child.
Edward Wilson had told the youngster off for the state of her bedroom when the victim intervened and asked him to stop.
The 35-year-old then flew into a rage and pulled the woman's head back by grabbing her ponytail before later throwing a lampshade in her face.
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Fortunately, the victim wasn't injured, a court was told.
However, she did end her relationship with Wilson, who then began to bombard her with unwanted texts, social media messages, phone calls and emails.
Newcastle Magistrates' Court heard that none were threatening but some were abusive.
Now, Wilson, of Cypress Crescent, in Dunston, Gateshead, has been given an 18-month community order after he pleaded guilty to harassment and assault.
Prosecutor, Robert Lawson, said Wilson and his girlfriend had been in a relationship for four to five months after meeting on the internet and were living at her home in Longbenton.
On May 22 this year, Wilson returned to the address after drinking heavily and had gone to the bedroom of one of his partner's children to tell her off about the mess.
Mr Lawson continued: "[The victim] then argued with the defendant about the way he spoke to her child.
"He pulled her head back by grabbing her ponytail, pulling hard enough for her head to jerk back. He shouted "you listen to me".
"He walked through to the kitchen, rolled a cigarette, then returned to the living room. He continued to shout and picked up a lamp shade and threw it at her.
"It hit her in the face but caused no injuries."
The court heard that the pair subsequently broke up but Wilson started harassing her with texts, social media messages, emails and phone calls.
Despite blocking him, Wilson was able to contact the victim by using his brother's Instagram account.
In a statement, the victim said: "I was left feeling unsafe in my own house as Wilson has a key to my property.
"I have been forced to move in with my friend while this house is being sorted. My children have also been forced to move to a different home.
"This upheaval has caused great inconvenience for me."
The court heard that Wilson, who has one previous conviction, had started drinking since he'd been forced to go on the sick from work earlier this year.
Tim Gregory, defending, said: "Please afford Mr Wilson full credit his guilty plea and for making full and frank admissions in interview, without presentation.
"This is his first conviction for 10 years."
Wilson was also fined £40 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £50 compensation. He was also made subject of a restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim, for 18 months.
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