A MAN who slapped his ex-girlfriend in the face with a plastic spatula at a New Year’s Eve party has been fined.
The incident happened in the early hours of New Year’s Day when the pair ran into each other by chance at a house party in Bishopsfield Road, Fareham.
Both had been drinking and started arguing in the kitchen.
Michael Wright, 27, said he could not remember why the argument started but he lost his cool when his ex Finola Elmes accused him of cheating on his current girlfriend.
Prosecuting Alicia Keen said: ‘They were in a relationship and separated after two and a half years.
‘This was a party at a house in Bishopsfield Road and Miss Elmes was out for New Year’s Eve.
‘She arrived about 2am and she was there about 15 minutes when she realised that Wright was there and they spoke to each other and there was a dispute.
‘She approached Wright in the kitchen when an argument ensued.
‘He picked up a black spatula and hit her in the face with it.
‘He then dropped it to the floor and was removed from the kitchen by some of his friends.’
Mrs Keen said that Wright, a groundworker, was sorry for what he had done and he had not intended to go to the same party as Miss Elmes.
Miss Elmes suffered reddening to her cheek but was otherwise unhurt.
Defending Wright, Sally Martin said that Miss Elmes had admitted being shocked at his behaviour as it was so out of character.
She also said that both had been drinking and that Wright had not drunk alcohol since.
Ms Martin said: ‘He has got a good awareness of the fact that when he drinks too much he gets in trouble and he realises this has to stop.’
Fareham magistrates heard that Wright, of Gibraltar Close, Fareham, had six previous offences.
Chairman of the magistrates the Rev Michael Cleaves said: ‘This was an incident between ex friends rather than a domestic dispute.’
Wright was given a £200 fine. He must also pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.