A MAN who hit his girlfriend while she had a young baby in her arms has escaped being sent to prison.
Frank Worrall, 41, of St Andrews Road South, St Annes, admitted two offences of assault and an offence of damaging a mobile phone.
He was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, put on 12 months supervision, ordered to attend nine months drug rehabilitation and pay £150 compensation, £50 costs and £80 victims’ surcharge.
Blackpool magistrates also put him on an 18 months restraining order which bans him from contacting a named woman, except through social services or solicitors about child contact, and from entering Curzon Road, St Annes.
Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Worrall and his girlfriend argued on February 5.
She had a young baby in her arms when Worrall hit her head with the palm of his hand. The next day there was another row.
Worrall lunged forward and headbutted his girlfriend before grabbing her ear and dragging her to the ground.
He then rampaged round the house with two carving knives, stabbing her mobile phone and a chest of drawers.
Gerry Coyle, defending, said his client suffered from depression and had a drugs problem.
There had been rows between the couple because Worrall’s girlfriend resented the very close relationship he had with his brother and his brother’s children.