A MAN who dragged his girlfriend to the ground because she would not get in his car after a night out has been told to show more respect towards women.

Appearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court, Levi Brandon Jones, 20, admitted an assault charge following the incident on Brook Street, Wrexham, on February 18.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, said Jones, of Heol Maelor, Johnstown, had seen his girlfriend, Chanice Brooks, waiting for a taxi with a friend after the pair had enjoyed a night out.

Jones, who had driven into Wrexham for some food, told Ms Brooks to get in his car but she did not want to leave her friend on her own and refused to do so.

At this point Jones was described as "going mad" and grabbed her handbag which she tried to pull back off him before she was dragged to her knees and Jones ran off with the bag.

Ms Brooks made a statement to police but later retracted her claims but a statement from a taxi driver who witnessed the incident was read out in which Jones was described as acting "very aggressively" and pulling on the strap of the handbag with "all his strength".

Alun Willliams, defending, said Jones and Ms Brooks lived with Jones' mother.

He said his client's behaviour was "very childish".

He added Jones, a self-employed concreter, struggled with ADHD and Tourette's and was "not the most eloquent of people".

A probation report said Jones had no feelings of remorse and failed to realise the seriousness of the offence.

District judge Gwyn Jones said: "You need to respect your partner, work together at your relationship and consider how you're behaviour impacts on others."

Jones was placed on a 12 month community order and told to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work as well as paying £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.