A 34-year-old man who bit his partner has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Gregg Inman, who attacked the mother of his young son, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

He was also ordered to carry out 80 hours unpaid work and pay £800 compensation for the damage he caused during the incident and £350 towards the prosecution costs.

At Liverpool Crown Court on Monday Recorder Gerard McDermott, QC, said he accepted that Inman was of previous good character and the case involved “one day of anger.”

Inman, of Wigan Road, Atherton, pleaded guilty to assaulting Justine Hartley causing actual bodily harm and two offences of criminal damage.

Kate Morley, prosecuting, told the court on October 20 last year they had a disagreement and he began throwing clothes around after she said she was going to live with her parents. He picked up her mobile phone and threw it against the kitchen wall smashing it causing £500 worth of damage.

Inman later smashed as television set held his partner by the throat and arm and bit her left ear and left wrist.

Nick Ross, defending, said that Inman has no previous convictions and had pleaded guilty to what he had done.

The court heard that the couple have since been reconciled.