A “promiscuous” man who met women on dating websites while engaged to his long-term partner punched one of them in the face and broke her jaw, a court heard.
Robert Young became involved in an argument over a mobile phone with the woman after spending the evening at her house.
The 52-year-old then punched her in the face – though during his police interview he claimed she had locked him in the property, and had injured herself.
Swansea Crown Court heard Young met his victim online, and the pair were involved in a relationship for a number of months.
Carina Hughes, prosecuting, said on the night in question they agreed to meet at her address to drink alcohol and “spend time in each other’s company”.
During the night “tempers frayed” and a tussle over a mobile phone turned violent, with Young striking the woman.
Young, of Northfield Road, Narberth, Pembrokeshire , had previously pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.
The court heard Young has a history of violent offending, with nine of his 22 previous convictions being offences against people.
The court also heard Young had been engaged to his fiancé for some 10 years.
Stuart John, for Young, said his client accepted it was an extremely serious offence.
He said the defendant had been “promiscuous” and had “relationships with people he did not know well” whom he met online.
The advocate said Young had now stopped using dating websites “so he does not engage in his kind of behaviour” in the future.
Judge Paul Thomas QC told Young the courts would not tolerate violence against woman – particularly in a domestic setting – and that he needed to “grow up and treat women properly”.
He said: “Whatever the nature of your, let’s call them ‘romantic entanglements’, you do not punch women.”
The judge told Young he was avoiding immediate custody “by the skin of your teeth”, and he sentenced to 36 weeks in prison suspended for two years, and ordered him to undertake 180 hours of unpaid work.
His Honour added that it was a mystery to him why the offence had been charged as an actual bodily harm rather than the more serious grievous bodily harm.