Ex-boyfriend butted victim in nightclub
A MAN has avoided prison after he butted his ex-girlfriend in a "jealous rage" in a Swansea nightclub.
Thomas Hopkins, 22, of Fern Street, Cwmbwrla, broke up with his former girlfriend, Demi Tait, in September last year.
Miss Tait said the pair had remained friends despite the break-up which she blamed partly on his jealousy, "particularly when drunk," prosecutor Anwen Evans told Swansea Magistrates' Court.
On December 13, the pair were both out separately in Swansea city centre when they bumped into each other in a Wind Street bar.
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They briefly spoke to each other before Miss Tait saw another male friend.
The pair began talking, Mrs Evans said, before the unknown man kissed her on her cheek.
Hopkins then approached Miss Tait and began shouting at her, calling her an offensive term before she left the Varsity bar.
Later that night Hopkins saw his former girlfriend again in the Oceana nightclub.
Hopkins approached Miss Tait in a "jealous rage" and started shouting at her about the earlier incident which left her feeling "embarrassed," the court heard.
Hopkins then butted her, colliding with her forehead. She was left with a small cut to her face.
Hopkins, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to assault.
Magistrates imposed a 12-week sentence but suspended it for 12 months.
Hopkins was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 in costs. He was also ordered to pay £100 in compensation to Miss Tait and an £80 victim surcharge.