A repeat offender, who struggled and fought with his partner, had sentence deferred for reports, until November 18 at Selkirk Sheriff Court.
Michael Moffat, 38, of Longcroft Crescent, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at Drumlanrig Place, on July 20.
At Jedburgh Sheriff Court last Thursday, prosecutor Tessa Bradley told how 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.
The court heard that neighbours contacted police who found the woman in a distressed state.
Moffat told officers: “It was just an argument.”
Sheriff Derrick McIntyre deferred sentence for reports, telling Moffat: “This is your fourth domestic offence involving the same person.”