A repeat offender, who struggled and fought with his partner, has been sentenced to a 15-month Community Payback Order, with supervision.
Michael Moffat, 38, of Longcroft Crescent. admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner inDrumlanrig Place on July 20.
Prosecutor Tessa Bradley told Selkirk Sheriff Court that Moffat had been in a relationship with the woman for some six years, and both had been drinking prior to the offence.
She said the couple began arguing at 8.30pm and it “escalated to a physical altercation.
“He grabbed her hair, causing her to scream in pain,” explained Ms Bradley.
Neighbours contacted police who found the woman in a distressed state.
Moffat told officers: “It was just an argument.”
Sheriff Peter Paterson warned Moffat: “This is an alternative to custody and if you don’t comply, you will go to jail.”