A 46-YEAR-OLD man who went into the pub were his former partner worked and tried to embarrass her in front of other customers went on to assault her.

Blackburn magistrates heard David Rolfe slapped Sharon Milner, got her in a bear hug and nuzzled her face and then grabbed one of her breasts and tweeked it, causing great pain.

When she tried to leave he grabbed her by the hair and pulled out a clump.

Rolfe, of Church Street, Leyland, pleaded guilty to assault. He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Kerry Grieve, prosecuting, said the couple had been in an on-off relationship for five years but were no together at the time of the incident. She was working in the Foresters Arms in Blackburn when Rolfe came in at about 9.15pm. After trying to embarrass her and starting the assault he took a swing at her with a glass in his hand and threw a pint of beer over her.

"She says the relationship is over and she is asking for a restraining order to prevent any further contact," said Mrs Grieve.

Alexander Rostron, defending, said there were two sides to every story and during the incident his client had been punched in the face and lost a tooth as a result.

"He has no desire to rekindle the relationship," said Mr Rostron.