A football fan reported himself to police after attacking his wife during a row about dinner.
Bricklayer David Hunter grabbed his partner by the throat and pushed her out of the kitchen of their Montrose home.
The 36-year-old went into a drunken rage after returning home from watching the Celtic versus Rangers Scottish Cup clash with friends.
Shortly after the assault, the remorse-filled husband dialled 999 and confessed his crime to officers.
Hunter appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court and pled guilty to assaulting his wife of four years at the couple’s home in Blackfriar’s Street on April 17.
Returned home after Scottish Cup game
Fiscal depute Jill Drummond said the pair had been together for 12 years.
“Despite the offence, the relationship appears to be continuing.
“Earlier that day, the accused left the house to go and watch football and consume alcohol.
“He returned later in the afternoon and his wife asked him to make dinner.”
Ms Drummond said: “At around 6.30pm, the complainer went into the kitchen to give the accused a hand, and try to speed up the process.
“For no obvious reason, the accused became angry.
“He told his wife: ‘You’re always in my way.’
“He then put one hand around her throat and pushed her out of the kitchen into the lounge.
“He did not apply any pressure.”
Hunter continued to argue with his wife, the fiscal depute said.
“He then rang 999 and said that he had assaulted his partner.
“The call lasted for about six minutes and he gave full details of the incident,” said Ms Drummond.
“He told police it was the first time he’d done anything like this and said: ‘She was just f***ing annoying me’.”
Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown told Hunter she needed to defer sentence for background reports.
“This involves an assault by placing your hands on a person’s throat, which may be a precursor to more serious things.”
The case was continued until June 23.