A CHARD teenager who assaulted his partner during a row over their young child who had been misbehaving has been sentenced to a community order by Somerset Magistrates.

The eighteen-year-old defendant got angry when the toddler was misbehaving and grabbed the baby bottle then threw it on the floor and stamped on it.

His partner said she wanted him out of the house but he punched her in the back and then hit her with the bottle causing the contents to spill all over her.

The defendant, of Mintons, pleaded guilty at a previous court hearing to assaulting his partner by beating her at Cheddar on December 17.

The court at Yeovil was previously told that on the morning in question the defendant was with his partner in their living room when the toddler hit a toy box over on the floor and threw a baby’s bottle at the defendant.

“He threw the bottle at the wall telling the child not to do bad things and the complainant said he should not talk to the child like that,” she said.

“He told his partner she couldn’t tell him how to look after his children and threw the bottle on the floor then stamped on it.

“The complainant said she wanted him out of the house as she didn’t want him to be angry but he then jabbed his finger in her upper arm and did it with such force that her upper body was pushed.

“The defendant then drew back his right arm with a clenched fist and punched her to the back and she felt the bottle hit her and the contents spilled over her dressing gown.”

He left and the police were called and the victim was left with red marks after the assault.

During an interview with the police, the teenager said they had not been getting on very well since the birth of their young baby and they bickered a lot.

He said he was angry when making the juice and his partner went mad at him when he took it and stamped on it.

The case had been adjourned for a pre sentence report to be carried out and for the defendant to undergo a mental health assessment.

The magistrates sentenced him to a 12 month community order with a 25 day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and also imposed an £85 victim surcharge.

They did not order him to pay the victim any compensation as they said they did not feel it appropriate in the circumstances.