A HELSTON woman was assaulted as she tried to stop a neighbour from hurting his girlfriend, a court heard.
Jamie Blackmore grabbed Clare Long by the wrists and threw her against a wall, Truro magistrates were told.
At one time he stood so close to her she thought he was going to headbutt her and begged him to let her go. She ran free and called the police.
Blackmore, 23, of Trelawney Road, Helston, pleaded guilty to assaulting Ms Long on November 25.
An additional charge against him of assaulting Sarah Robinson, his girlfriend, was not proceeded with after he pleaded not guilty and Crown Prosecution Service prosecutor Gail Hawkley offered no evidence against him.
Ms Hawkley said Ms Long had seen Blackmore arguing with Ms Robinson and feared he was going to assault her.
She saw Ms Robinson cowering in fear and tried to separate them by standing in-between them.
She said she would call the police and Blackmore shouted abuse at her.
She separated them and told Ms Robinson to run, which she did. Then Blackmore grabbed her by the wrist with both hands, throwing her backwards against a stone wall and hurting her.
She pushed past him and ran to her home, locking the door behind her.
She was crying and shaking, and called the police.
Blackmore told police he had been angry and forcibly moved Ms Long out of the way.
He had previous convictions.
Polly Morley, for the defence, said Blackmore had a history of domestic violence and suffered from depression. He was a house husband and Ms Robinson, whom he had been with for eight years, went out to work.
Ms Morley said: "He is extremely sorry and remorseful that Ms Long became involved in the incident. He accepts moving her out of the way and is sorry she got hurt."
Blackmore was given a two-year community order and told to take part in a building better relationships programme. A restraining order was made against him to protect Ms Long, prohibiting him from contacting her or going to her property. He had to pay her £50 compensation, and £60 victim surcharge to the court.