Drink-fuelled row led to assault on girlfriend

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court

After a drunken argument with his girlfriend, Richard Burton began shouting, knocking over glasses and throwing household items around the room. He then seized hold of her.

Burton, 25, of Victoria Road, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at a house in Bourtree Place, on August 24, and assaulting his girlfriend by seizing her by the body.

“It is a relationship in which alcohol plays a part,” explained procurator fiscal Graham Fraser, “and they had been out for the evening, and drink had been taken.

“There was an argument and he began to throw items around, knocking over a sofa, and smashing glasses.”

Defence solicitor Rory Bannerman described the offence as “a needless argument which got out of hand.

“He grabbed her while they were arguing, but there was no injury to her,” he added.

Burton, a self-employed artist, had sentence deferred until October 25 for reports.