A man who called his girlfriend a “fat s***” before pinning her down in the garden has been spared jail.

Liam Farrow, 27, went to stay at his girlfriend’s house on the evening of July 11 last year while she looked after her friend’s children.

In the early hours of the next morning, Farrow had risen early and was not seen at the house again until 3pm, where he was clearly under the influence of either drink or drugs.

“He became immediately aggressive towards her when she asked where he had been,” said prosecuting barrister David Godfrey at Hull Crown Court.

“The complainant took her friend’s daughters back to their home across the road as she did not want them to see the argument.”

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When she returned Farrow’s girlfriend went straight upstairs towards the bedroom, with Farrow shouting ‘oi get here you fat s***’.

She ignored him and Farrow proceeded to follow her up the stairs into the bedroom where he grabbed her by the wrists and twisting her arm behind her back and pushing her on to the bed.

He stayed on top of her for some time but his girlfriend managed to get out of the room and head downstairs, with Farrow closely behind demanding she gave him her phone.

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Mr Godfrey said: “When she went to the front door he grabbed her again and dragged her into the garden and pushing her to the floor, lying on top of her again.

“A struggled ensued but she managed to get away and walked towards the footpath.

“Again, he followed, grabbing her by her arms from behind and pushing her to the floor. She landed on her knees and he managed to grab her phone before returning to the property.”

The couple are no longer together and Farrow appeared at Hull Crown Court on Monday (April 12) to be sentenced for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

It was heard Farrow, who has no previous convictions, has stayed away from his ex since the incident and has now begun a “much more positive relationship” with someone else.

“This offence occurred in the context of a failing relationship,” said Judge David Tremberg. “Whatever happened before the day of this offending, physical violence in a domestic context is not acceptable and it never is the answer.

“When you were intoxicated you set about the complainant in sustained incident both inside and outside her home and you left her with some ugly bruising to her arms where you manhandled her.

“I bear in mind that you are ashamed of what you have done and quite rightly so Mr Farrow.”

Judge Tremberg sentenced Farrow, who now lives in Spalding, Lincolnshire, to a 30-month community order.

A restraining order has also been put in place where Farrow must stay away from his ex for two years.