A dad-to-be attacked his pregnant former partner, a court was told.

Madasar Iqbal, of Accrington, had turned on the woman after showing up at her home in Nelson to take back clothes and gifts he had bought her.

The 24-year-old told her to get the things then punched her in the side of the head and slapped her face.

Burnley Magistrates heard how the victim, who was eight months pregnant,  shouted to her friend to call the police, but the defendant grabbed the phone.

When Iqbal was arrested, he made no comment in interview.

The hearing was told the victim, who suffered redness and soreness, was due to get married to another man and her one-and-a-half year relationship with the defendant had ended.

She claimed the defendant had subjected her to previous violence.

Iqbal, of Kingston Avenue, Accrington, admitted assault by beating in Nelson, on February 17.

He was given an 18 month community order, with supervision and must pay £100 compensation and £100 costs.

Magistrate Stephen Tomlinson said the defendant’s pre-sentence report made ‘pretty grim reading’.

He told him: “You ought to be totally ashamed of yourself. Your actions are absolutely unbelievable. Get yourself sorted out.”

Joanne Howarth, for Iqbal, said he had pleaded guilty on the basis he slapped the victim twice.

She said the pair had been shouting and swearing at each other, he wanted her to stop and on the spur of the moment, he hit her to the face.
 
She said: “He immediately regretted his actions and left the property.”

The solicitor said the defendant and victim now had a child. Miss Howarth added: “The defendant is still quite immature for his age.”