A man from Kirkby took it out on his girlfriend after he had been attacked by the pet dog, a court heard,
Justin Frow, 30, of Skegby Road, assaulted Lisa Mather during an argument in the bedroom of their flat on Arnold Road in Nottingham where they were living at the time.
“It was an argument over money, and he lost his temper,” Ran Johal, mitigating, told Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.
“When he was attacked by the dog, he was angry and slapped Miss Mather across the face. It was not a sustained assault, and he accepts full responsibility.
“He has never attempted to minimise the seriousness of the offence, and pleaded guilty even though Miss Mather did not wish to make a statement.”
David Miles, prosecuting, said the police were called to “a domestic incident” at the flat at about 5.30 am on Saturday, October 17. They saw that Miss Mather’s face was swollen.
After reading a pre-sentence report by the probation service, District Judge Leo Pyle sentenced Frow to a community order of 12 months that must include 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.
“What you did was completely unjustified,” said Judge Pyle. “It was unacceptable to behave in this way, and if there is any repetition, you will end up in prison.”
Frow was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60, and court costs and charges totalling £235.