A man who threw a knife at his girlfriend and punched her in the face for talking to another man as been spared jail.
But Daniel McNamee was warned that any repeat of his sustained drink and drug-fuelled assault on Jessica Graves would see him put behind bars.
St Helens Magistrates’ Court heard how the 23-year-old took exception to Miss Graves talking to another man in the early hours of February 22 while out in Bar 44 in St Helens town centre.
Angela Blackmore, prosecuting, told how the defendant had been “very drunk” and had also later tested positive for cocaine.
After the couple arrived back at his parents’ home on Hartley Grove, Grange Park, McNamee threw his girlfriend to the floor before pulling her hair and shouting at her.
When she tried to desperately to defend herself, he punched her in the face and pushed her back to the floor.
Miss Graves then curled herself up in a ball as he kicked her twice in the stomach.
After Miss Graves got back to her feet, McNamee threw a knife at her which, mercifully, missed.
When McNamee was arrested on suspicion of assault later that day he told officers: “I can’t remember any of last night.”
The savage assault left Miss Graves nursing bruising to her cheek and a cut on her finger.
In a victim impact statement, Miss Graves said the incident had left her “terrified” of McNamee.
Frank Roe, defending, argued McNamee, of Lonie Grove, Grange Park, was couldn’t remember anything about the incident.
He said his client deserved credit for his early guilty plea and blemish-free previous record and said he had since shown “genuine remorse”.
Magistrates told McNamee: “This was a very serious offence. You threw a knife which by luck, and only luck, didn’t connect. It was also a sustained attack of a domestic nature.”
They handed McNamee a three-month jail sentence - suspended for 18 months - and ordered him to complete the probation service’s Building Better Relationships programme.
They also imposed a restraining order and ordered him to pay £100 compensation, £85 towards court costs and an £80 victim surcharge.