A tiler kicked a food bank volunteer’s car door after rowing with her boyfriend – and then punched him at least twice.
Declan Robson, 27, booted the Nissan Juke during an altercation in a street in Penshaw, Sunderland, days before Christmas.
Magistrates in South Tyneside heard the woman was using the motor, a present from her late father, to make deliveries for a charity.
Prosecutor Ben Woodward said Robson, of Clydesdale Avenue, Penshaw, hit her boyfriend five or six times on Tuesday, December 22.
But defence solicitor Amy Lamb insisted it was two hits only and a case of “excessive self-defence”.
Mr Woodward said: “The defendant has an argument with the injured party.
“He repeatedly punched him in the face five or six times and repeatedly kicked the passenger side door of the vehicle.
“He was left with swelling and reddening and pain to his face.”
In a victim impact statement read to the hearing, the victim said the incident had left him shocked and “hesitant to go out”.
The woman confirmed the car had been purchased by her dad and she had been making deliveries for a community food bank.
Ms Lamb said: “Not all the circumstances outlined by the prosecution are accepted.
“The circumstances are that he was pulling up in his car and his partner was crying. She was being shouted at aggressively.
“He approached the male, who retreated back towards the car. The car door was open.
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“He kicked the door and accepts that he punched the male twice.
“In the cold light of day, he accepts that he shouldn’t have behaved the way he did. I would submit it is excessive self-defence.
“He is someone who has turned his life around, he’s keen not to be before the court.”
Robson pleaded guilty to assault by beating and criminal damage.
He was sentenced to an 18-month community order, with a requirement of 20 days of rehabilitation work with the Probation Service.
He must also complete 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £250 compensation to both his victims, with a £95 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.