A drunken man punched his partner and then bit her wrist, leaving teeth marks.
Marcin Lakomczak (32), of Winsover Road, Spalding, woke up in the small room they shared and complained that his partner had given his food to her child, Boston magistrates heard.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, said the woman – in frustration – lost her temper and struck Lakomczak on the back of his head.
She said Lakomczak retaliated by punching her, causing pain and bruising, and by biting her wrist, leaving teeth marks in her skin.
The pair then tussled – pulling each other’s hair – before the woman managed to escape the house and call the police.
Earlier in her statement, the woman said there had been previous incidents of domestic abuse, which she hadn’t reported to the police, and that “she feels scared of him”.
Lakomczak pleaded guilty to common assault at a hearing on March 11, when sentence was adjourned for a probation report.
At Wednesday’s resumed hearing, he was given a year-long community order with 120 hours’ unpaid work and a requirement to undertake a 60-day rehabilitation activity.
He must also pay £85 prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Presiding magistrate Mrs Sarah Jennings told Lakomczak: “We regard this as a very serious offence so we hope you will take it seriously.”
Lakomczak, who was not legally represented, told the court he had stopped drinking and has found a job.
He did not know if he and his partner would get back together again because his bail conditions stated he could not contact her. The court did not impose a restraining order barring future contact.