Man threw pregnant girlfriend out of car in blazing argument in Cowplain

Portsmouth Crown Court in Winston Churchill Avenue

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A COUPLE’S blazing row ended in a man throwing his pregnant girlfriend out of his car, banging her head on a wall.

Daniel Porter and Siobhan O’Hart were in their car in Park Lane, Cowplain, when they started arguing.

Miss O’Hart began screaming and kicking her boyfriend as he drove and in retaliation he bit her foot and leg.

The 33-year-old then pulled over and dragged his partner out of the passenger seat, throwing her to the ground.

She banged her head on a wall and was slipping in and out of consciousness when concerned members of the public gathered round to help.

Porter got back in his car and drove off, leaving his girlfriend curled up by the side of the road.

Now a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court has ordered Porter to get help to control his temper.

Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘This was an unpleasant offence of domestic violence.

‘She was a vulnerable victim.

‘You have a previous conviction for domestic violence.

‘You have got to learn that you should not resort to violence when your personal relationships go awry.’

Roderick James, defending, said Miss O’Hart was due to give birth to Porter’s child in February and was standing by him.

She did not support the police in their prosecution – and had refused to give a statement about the assault.

Judge Pearson told Porter: ‘In the normal course of events I would be making a restraining order.

‘But the victim in this case seems to feel that your relationship can carry on.

‘It seems to me that the courts spend a great deal of time trying to protect women from their own stupidity in relationships.’

The incident happened at 10.45pm on July 16, shortly after the couple had moved to Portsmouth from Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

The court heard the pair, who were drug users, had come to the city to start a new life.

But they had both begun using drugs again.

The row was over drink and drugs.

Porter, who has been in custody since his arrest and gave the court an address of Northampton Road, Doncaster, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

He was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

The judge ordered Porter to attend a domestic abuse programme.