When Stuart Davies believed a man was “being a nuisance” toward his fiancée, he punched him.
Davies, 21, of Allars Crescent, admitted assaulting a man to his injury in Oliver Place on September 10.
Procurator fiscal Morag McLintock told Jedburgh Sheriff Court how the accused went into a takeaway in the early hours of the morning, while his fiancée and her friends stood outside.
A man approached the girls and they told him to leave them alone.
“The accused decided to step in, and he punched him, causing him to fall to the ground.”
The man suffered a cut to his head which had to be glued, and steri strips were applied to an eye injury. Davies told police: “I think any fella would have done the same. I was just protecting my fiancée and her friends.”
Defence lawyer Joe Boyd said Davies had been in the takeway when he saw the complainer approach the girls outside.
“He was being a nuisance, and he [Davies] left the shop and punched him. He recognizes this behaviour was disproportionate, but his main focus was to protect his fiancée.
“It was not a premeditated assault,” concluded Mr Boyd.
Davies, a mill worker, was fined £100.