A jealous boyfriend who repeatedly punched his partner in the face and spat at her has been narrowly spared from jail.
Jake Kilcline, 23, of Brook Street, Clay Cross, hit his girlfriend so hard she thought she had broken her nose and she was left with black eyes, according to Chesterfield magistrates’ court.
Prosecuting solicitor Sarah Haslam told a previous court that the couple had gone away for a weekend in Leeds to watch a show and to go shopping but there was an argument after the show because a male had been looking at the complainant.
Miss Haslam said they returned by taxi to a hotel and he punched her to the face and she thought she had broken her nose.
The defendant punched her five or six times to the face, according to Miss Haslam, causing black eyes and a bleeding nose.
The court heard how Kilcline apologised but as she ended the relationship the following day he spat at her.
Kilcline pleaded guilty to assault by beating after the incident on February 26 and he also pleaded guilty to a second assault relating to spitting at the complainant on February 27.
The defendant also admitted breaching bail conditions on March 19 after he sent a phone message to the complainant when he had been prohibited from contacting her.
Defence solicitor Felicity Coats said he did not deny the allegations in a police interview and after seeing her colleague he fully admitted matters and has dealt with the case as though it was always going to be guilty pleas.
Mrs Coats added that Kilcine has been assessed as having difficulties with emotional relationships and incidents have been born out by problems with alcohol.
Magistrates sentenced Kilcline on Wednesday, April 20, to a 12 week custodial sentence but suspended it for 18 months which can be reconsidered and activated if he commits a further offence in the next year-and-a-half.
He was also placed on a Building Better Relationships Programme and must complete a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.
Kilcline must pay £250 compensation, an £80 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Magistrates also imposed a restraining order which will last until October 19, 2017.