AMuslim trainee solicitor beat up his girlfriend when she threatened to reveal to his friend that she was pregnant, a court has heard.
Harris Imran, 24, had been "shunned" by his family after they found out about his mixed-race relationship and so he did not tell them his partner was pregnant.
Having already by ostracised by relatives, he was said to have been "terrified" his friend would also shun him if they became aware of the pregnancy too.
His career in law may now be in tatters after he assaulted his girlfriend of three years over an argument that stemmed from a phone call.
Teesside Magistrates' Court heard that Mr Imran was called by a friend on December 21 but lied and told his partner it was from his grandmother.
But when his girlfriend found out the truth, she threatened to message his friend and tell them that she was pregnant - causing Imran to "flip out."
Lynne Dalton, prosecuting, said the couple got into an argument after returning home from a family meal and he got her into a "head-lock and grabbed her by the throat."
She added: "She was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.
"His girlfriend threatened to call his friend to tell them she was pregnant after the argument.
"He was concerned the friend wouldn't have been happy with the pregnancy because of his Muslim background."
She added that Mr Imran's parents, who live in Dubai, told him he had "brought shame to his family and had disowned him" over his relationship with the woman, from Stockton.
Mr Imran, who pleaded guilty to common assault, had previously worked in Newcastle as a paralegal and was due to begin a law practice course later this year.
Callum Terry, defending, said: "He has recently finished a law degree and wanted to become a solicitor.
"That route will be closed to him and he won't be admitted as a solicitor which is a significant barrier to him moving forward."
He added that Mr Imran "flipped" after his girlfriend said she would make the call. It was something he "continues to regret" and was "extremely troubled" about what he did.
He said: "The likelihood of him being at court in the future is non-existent."
Mr Imran, formerly of Stockton and who now lives in Leeds, was visibly upset as he was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £105 costs.