A WORKINGTON man was fined after he admitted assaulting his girlfriend.

Andrew Edgar, 30, of Ruby Road in Salterbeck, pleaded guilty to assaulting Christina Heggie by beating her.

When he appeared at the magistrates court in Workington on Friday, the court heard there were tensions between the couple ahead of the incident on March 6. Diane Jackson, prosecuting, said Edgar had become obsessed with Miss Heggie and would text her every time they weren't together to ask where she was and what she was doing.

She added on the day in question, Edgar grabbed Miss Heggie's phone before grabbing her tightly by the wrists.

During a police interview, Edgar told officers that earlier that day Miss Heggie had told him she had been seeing another man and wanted to end the relationship.

In a victim impact statement, Miss Heggie said since the incident she felt scared of Edgar and she feared there would be further threats and violence. However she said she was satisfied she did not require a restraining order to be imposed.

Mrs Jackson said: "Although there are no significant injuries, this did happened at her home."

John Cooper, defending, said that when police arrived and went to check that Miss Heggie was fine, there was another man in the house, which she referred to as her new friend.

He added: "Mr Edgar wanted to show her how upset he was and how much he loved her."

Magistrates fined Edgar £80 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and £30 victim surcharge.