A Dove Holes man who thought his ex-partner “was taking him for a mug”, struck her during an argument at her home, a court heard.
High Peak Magistrates’ Court was told how Jamie Blood, 29, had been babysitting at Terri Hadfield’s Buxton home on August 27 while she went out with friends, returning at about 1am
Blood then left to purchase some milk, but when he returned there was an argument and the defendant struck Ms Hadfield who had ended up on the floor, prosecutor John Cooper said.
When interviewed Blood said he had reacted as he suspected there was something going on between Ms Hadfield and a friend.
Mr Cooper said Blood and Ms Hadfield had been together for a number of years before splitting up, and had briefly rekindled their relationship in March before splitting again.
Ian Baker, defending, said Blood thought perhaps he was “being made a mug out of”.
“He was offering to babysit rather than have the child at his house. He was hoping to rekindle this relationship,” he said.
“He thought she was taking advantage of his generosity and that is why he flared up.
“He has been on bail since August and the complainant had sent him a message, via a third party, that she wanted to try and rekindle this relationship.”
Blood, of Meadow Close, was given an 18-month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement.
He must pay £618 in court fines and costs, and was made the subject of a two-year restraining order banning him from attending Ms Hadfield’s address.