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A man from Widnes brutally attacked his girlfriend and then punched their dog 20 times in a random attack at their home.
Andrew Smith was returning home after a work's night out when he launched the vicious assault.
The 38-year-old had been out with his colleagues celebrating before returning to their home in Trafford, Manchester, in the early hours of the morning.
A court heard how Smith, originally from the Cheshire area, was heard shouting loudly by his girlfriend as she tried to sleep upstairs.
His girlfriend had hoped he would quiet down but eventually she ventured downstairs to ask him what the problem was, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Manchester Magistrates Court then heard how Smith told his partner to to ‘call the police before something happens’, before threatening her.
Andrew Smith (Image: Facebook/Andy Smith)
Telling him to be quiet as she didn’t want their four-year-old daughter to wake up, he said: “I don’t give a f**k”.
His partner then went upstairs to call the police - only to be followed by Smith.
He then began hitting her to the face and body, and despite moving downstairs, the attack carried on for 30 minutes.
Their American Bulldog was barking and growling at Smith, who then began to punch it 'around 20 times', the court was told.
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Pleading guilty to assault by beating and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, Smith was handed a 18 month community order.
Outlining the facts of the case, prosecutor Lucy Garside said the couple had been together for eight years.
It was said on January 18 this year, the day before the incident, Smith had been out drinking with friends from 6.30pm.
“His partner went to bed at 12.30am and he still wasn’t home,” Ms Garside said.
“She woke up at 2.30am and could hear the defendant shouting out downstairs.
“He was shouting really loudly saying things that didn’t make sense like ‘k******d’ and ‘come on then’.
“She described hearing this thinking he was drunk and the shouting should hopefully stop, so she left him alone.
“This continued for some minutes and she could then hear that the shouting was actually about her.
“Their child was also in bed asleep and she didn’t want her to be woken up by the defendant, so she went downstairs to ask him what was the problem.
“He then said ‘call the police before something happens’ and continued to shout really loudly.”
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Smith continued being abusive towards her, the court heard, so she returned upstairs to call the police.
However, he followed her and she ended the call before he started attacking her.
“The defendant then started hitting her to the face and head,” Ms Garside said.
“She came downstairs to get away from the defendant but he followed her and continued to hit her whilst she was on the settee.
“She was pushed into the sofa and hit on the head, thighs and back by the defendant.
“The dog could see what was going on and was growling and barking at him because of the assault.
“He then turned around and began to hit and punch the dog around 20 times.
“Their child then woke up and could see what was going on.
“There was also a further altercation upstairs where he hit her on the back, thighs and around the chin before taking her in a headlock and squeezing her neck.
“She was concerned that she couldn't breathe and feared she was going to be seriously hurt.
“She tried to fight back and tried to push at his face but he then let go and told her to leave.