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Man punches girlfriend in the head in front of their three children, court hears

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23-year old Liam Baird pleaded guilty to assault and smashing girlfriends phone

A MAN punched his girlfriend in the head in front of their three children, Newbury magistrates heard.

In the dock on Thursday, October 8, was 23-year-old Liam Baird, who admitted assaulting Tara Richens in Aldermaston and smashing her mobile phone on September 1.

Helen Waite, prosecuting, said the argument started over Mr Baird’s relationship with another woman.

The argument escalated when his girlfriend of seven years took her phone out of her pocket and Mr Baird, who now lives in Weirs Lane, Oxford, threw it out of her hand, smashing it.

As she tried to walk past, and in front of their three children, he punched her to the right side of the head which caused injuries, the court heard.

Alun Morgan, defending, said: “He accepts he behaved in an inappropriate and disproportionate manner.

“They have had their fair share of ups and downs. Now that the relationship is at an end it has had a positive outlook for the future for Mr Baird.”

Mr Morgan said his client is now employed as a trainee chef and that since the “volatile” relationship had ended he was “happier than he has been for a long time”.

After conferring with colleagues, presiding magistrate Nicola Buchanan-Dunlop said that in light of the progress he had made since: “We are going to go away from our guidelines and are going to deal with it by way of a conditional discharge.

“This means for the next two years if you commit any other offence then this offence will be dealt with.”

She added: “We hope this is the last we will see of you and good luck with the job.”

Mr Baird was also asked to pay court costs totalling £385.

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