A MAN assaulted his girlfriend before threatening to use a hatchet on his ex-wife.
Thomas Carter had recently split from his partner of eight years, with whom he has four children, after she discovered he had been having an affair, Solihull magistrates heard.
Gez Newsome, prosecuting, said that on April 2, the 43-year-old had told his ex-wife, from Chelmsley Wood, she could not stop him from seeing his kids and said: “I have hit my girlfriend and I will hit you too.”
He also warned he had a hatchet and would use it on her.
The victim then received numerous missed calls and texts telling her to answer the phone or the defendant would kill her. Carter later told police it was a “scare tactic.”
John Derry, defending, said: “Both of these communications were on the same day. He had no intention of carrying them out.”
But just a day before, Carter, now of Kellington Close, Alum Rock, had assaulted his new girlfriend at Bromford Residents Club in Birmingham.
The court heard the defendant had been so drunk he had fallen off his stool which he then swung at his girlfriend “for no apparent reason.”
The couple were forced to leave the club and Carter then punched the victim on the chin.
“She lost consciousness and when she came to he was punching her to the face,” Mr Newsome added.
Carter was pulled off by members of the club but when arrested, he told police he had been drunk and could not remember the assault.
Mr Derry said his client had been off work that week and started to “drink heavily”.
The case was adjourned until April 26 for pre-sentence reports.