A Kirriemuir man has received a community payback order after accepting the extent of his assault on an ex-partner.
Sheriff Gregor Murray had told Peter Cameron he intended to delay sentencing and call for a fresh social work report after expressing unhappiness with the 25-year-old’s interpretation of events in Lindsay Street, Kirriemuir, on February 21 last year, in which he admitted grabbing the woman’s chin and throwing her to the ground.
Sheriff Murray said it was “unrealistic” to sentence Cameron, of Prosen Road, Kirriemuir, on the basis of what he had told social workers, describing photographs of bruising sustained by the victim as “horrific”.
But from the dock the accused accepted responsibility and defence solicitor Nick Markowski said Cameron was keen to be sentenced so he could put the matter behind him.
“They had been in a relationship for eight months and had only ever had two or three arguments, but it was always when they were under the influence of alcohol,” said Mr Markowski.
“This incident was the death knell for the relationship,” he said. “He accepts he was in the wrong and will be punished and he wants to move on with his life.”
Sheriff Murray told Cameron: “I am prepared to accept that because you have never found yourself in this position before that you might not have realised what was happening, but your version of events was very different and the photographs before the court reflect that the bruises in this case look horrific.
He received a 12-month community payback order with 160 hours of unpaid work.