Man hit girlfriend during play-fighting; boyfriend said he got upset when partner laughed at him.
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A MAN who punched his girlfriend while they were 'play-fighting' said he became upset when she laughed at him.
The victim was struck by Ronan Hooper during the incident at her Deighton home.
The 22-year-old claimed that they were only messing about but Kirklees Magistrates' Court heard that police had been called out to domestic incidents involving the couple 10 times previously.
Shamalia Qureshi, prosecuting, said that the incident happened at the victim's address on May 19.
She told the Huddersfield court: "In the course of play-fighting things got out of hand.
"He punched her to the knee but says she pushed him off the sofa with her feet.
"He said she was laughing at him, he was angry at this and that's why he decided to punch her to the knee in retaliation."
The court was told that while Hooper had no previous convictions, there had previously been 10 police call-outs involving the couple.
He has already attended a domestic violence perpetrator programme, aimed at helping people who have been abusive towards their partners to change their behaviour.
Hooper pleaded guilty to assault by beating.
Mark Mangano, mitigating, explained: "She's 21 and they had a child together early in their relationship.
"They've found it difficult to cope and this has caused a strain on their relationship which culminated in this."
District Judge Michael Fanning sentenced Hooper, of Delph Lane in Netherton, to a 12-month community order including 20 rehabilitation activity days.
He told him that this will help stop his offending behaviour which will be of benefit to both his girlfriend and child.
Hooper still has to pay PS85 costs and PS85 victim surcharge.