A Fife man who brutally battered his girlfriend as she slept is facing jail.
Darren Gray launched the unprovoked attack as Hayley Canning lay in bed at the couple’s home in Glenrothes.
He climbed on top of her and repeatedly punched her on the head, then ripped her top and pulled it against her neck.
The attack only ended when Gray’s brother, on hearing the disturbance, came in and intervened.
Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard the couple were living at the address on Carleton Avenue with Gray’s father and brother Curtis.
A party was held on December 7 last year, with Miss Canning going to bed shortly after midnight.
She awoke to find the accused on top of her, punching her on the head and face.
The court heard she was bleeding profusely, repeatedly having to spit blood from her mouth, and was confused as to why he was attacking her.
When his brother intervened a fight erupted between the two men.
Gray eventually left and called 999 himself, admitting he had “battered his girlfriend”.
Miss Canning was left with swelling and bruising all over her face, head and back as a result of the attack. There was also bruising around her neck as a result of the ripped top being used to pull on her.
Gray, 22, from Glenrothes but now a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of assault to injury.
An allegation he had strangled Miss Canning to the danger of her life using the ripped top was removed from the indictment.
Dewar Spence, defending, said: “He’s quite realistic about the sentence he will get and has not asked me to move for bail.”
Sheriff Alistair Thornton deferred sentence for social work background reports and remanded Gray in custody.
The sheriff told him: “You will appreciate that all options remain open to me but it is possible, indeed likely, that a custodial sentence will follow on from this.
“I consider that there is a substantial risk of further offending and failure to comply with bail, so you will remain in custody until I impose sentence in due course.”