Dad who has 12 children punched girlfriend’s tooth out on the bus in argument over dog

A dad-of-12 punched his girlfriend’s tooth out on the bus home in an argument over a dog.

William Tait and his then-partner had been out drinking on February 28 this year and started arguing on the bus home to Gateshead.

Rachel Kelly, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “The defendant grabbed her by the arm then punched her in the face, causing her tooth to fall out. He also caused bruising to her arm.”

She called the police and he was arrested.

Miss Kelly said: “He shouted that she had stitched him up so she could take their dog.” Tait, has 100 previous convictions and was jailed for 12 years in 2010 for GBH with intent and 30 months in 2007 for wounding, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The 55-year-old, of Westbourne Avenue, Gateshead was on bail at the time for an allegation of assault on the same victim that was not proceeded with.

Judge Robert Adams sentenced him to 12 months suspended for 18 months with an alcohol abstinence monitoring requirement and an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting the woman or going to her home in Newcastle.