A 22-year-old man who appeared in court as “well-behaved” Aiden instead of “bad” Ethan admitted common assault on his new girlfriend.

Magistrates at Llandudno heard he had been “possessive and controlling” and punched her on occasions this month, causing bruising.

Prosecutor Diane Williams said Aiden Keating, of Bangor Road, Conwy, on benefit, was under post-sentence supervision for previous domestic abuse.

“There’s a significant and lengthy list of offences of violence,” Mrs Williams declared.

“Aiden is the well-behaved part of him.

“Ethan is the bad part of him, he suggests.”

A 16 weeks suspended jail term was imposed and he must pay £100 compensation and £200 costs.

A two-year restraining order was imposed.

Defence solicitor Graham Parry said Keating took what he believed had been “play-fighting” far too far.

The local authority had concerns about the defendant and he had a social worker.

The brief relationship had ended.

“He’s a complicated individual with a number of issues,” Mr Parry added.