Zimbabwean Themba Banana (29) has split from his lover Sarah Orange in the UK after a volatile relationship.

Banana, a care worker, threw a plant pot at Orange at their home in Blackburn, Lancashire, a court heard.

Blackburn Magistrates' Court was told a furious row erupted early one morning last August when she caught him whispering on the phone - and feared he had a secret lover.

Police were called and initially persuaded Banana to leave the house to calm the situation - but he returned hours later and the couple argued again, ending with Banana throwing the pot into Miss Orange's midriff. 
Their relationship is now over and Banana was slapped with a community order and given 100 hours unpaid work after admitting assault.

Prosecutor Catherine Allen told magistrates how the care worker had been drinking wine prior to the incident with Miss Orange at their former home.

While Miss Orange was on the phone, Banana was heard to make 'obscene, racist comments', the court was told.

Banana, now of Preston, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to assaulting Sarah Orange and causing an offensive message to be sent by means of a public communications network.
He was given a community order with 25 days rehabilitation activity requirement and 100 hours unpaid work. Banana was also ordered to pay £175 compensation, £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Aftab Bakhat, defending, said Banana had called the police first and had left the house when they asked him to.

'The wine he had drunk affected him because he hadn't slept since finishing work,' said Mr Bakhat.

'He will potentially lose his job as a result of this conviction.' daily mail