A man who brutally attacked his girlfriend because he was depressed about his missing brother has been spared time behind bars.
Nathan Hadley, 20, of Oak Road, Walsall Wood started drinking heavily after his elder brother went missing two years ago. Some of the missing man’s clothing was found by a canal.
Hadley had been suffering from stress for some time and things reached boiling point when he punched Lisa Patterson to the ground before kicking her in the head, said Charnjit Jutla, defending.
He told Wolverhampton Crown Court that Hadley was immediately full of remorse for his actions and Miss Patterson was now looking for them to resume their relationship.
Hadley admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was given a six-month jail term suspended for two years.
Judge John Warner further placed him under supervision for two years and told him: “This was a thoroughly nasty assault. It was completely uncalled for and it was a despicable thing to do.”
Prosecuting, Howard Searle said Hadley and Miss Patterson had been socialising with friends in Walsall and his mood changed when he was refused entry to a nightspot.
As the couple were walking towards a taxi rank he punched her to the ground.
Then, while she was on the floor, he kicked her in the head, Mr Searle told the court.
After his arrest Hadley, a man of previous good character, told police officers he had been drinking heavily and he had little recollection of the events of the evening.