A TEENAGER who crushed a woman’s leg in a car door during a row had become angry after being “slapped by his partner”, a court heard.

Luke Daniel Mark Neil Green, of Sea Road in Boscombe, injured his sister’s friend Abigail Yates after a night out in the Christchurch Road area of Bournemouth.

He had been struck by his girlfriend before turning on Miss Yates as she sat in her car in the early hours of April 27, it was said.

Prosecuting, Alison Saunders said: “The victim was with the defendant’s sister Chantelle.

“Miss Yates parked her car and remained in it while Miss Green got out to speak to friends. The defendant, who recognised the victim, approached the car and started giving verbal abuse through the window.”

As the 19-year-old grew angrier, he kicked the car door, causing damage to it, before “punching the driver’s window” and trying to access the Kia Picanto, the prosecutor said.

“He slammed the door, striking Miss Yates’s leg and causing bruising as she attempted to kick out at him,” Ms Saunders said.

“The victim tried to close the door – he slammed it again, causing her hand to be struck. Fortunately, Miss Yates did not suffer an injury to her hand.”

In a statement read to the court, the victim said: “The assault terrified me and I was crying my eyes out.”

She added: “I believe he is more than capable of assaulting me again.”

In mitigation, Mark Proctor said he turned on Miss Yates after seeing his sister arguing with another girl and attempting to intervene.

“She started shouting at him, so he began shouting back. He got slapped by his partner and he was angry so he lashed out,” he said.

Unemployed Green admitted assault by beating and criminal damage at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. He was handed an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work. The defendant will pay costs, and is the subject of a 12 month restraining order that means he must keep away from Miss Yates.