‘Abusive character nothing but trouble to partner’ – sheriff

A WOMAN fled her home with her two children at 3.30am to escape her husband who was described as an “abusive character”.

Henry Skeffington dismissed the early morning incident in Drumlanrig Place on July 10 as a “domestic” when interviewed by police.

But procurator fiscal Morag McLintock described how the incident blew up shortly after midnight.

She explained: “He had made sexual advances to his wife and she has declined these.

“He has then told her that he was going to take the children back to Northern Ireland and she has not reacted to this.

“Neighbours were woken by him uncontrollably shouting.”

The fiscal said that a neighbour warned they would call the police if the situation did not calm down.

But when Skeffington was heard shouting again at 3.30am and the children screaming the police were called.

His wife took the children to the neighbour’s house to seek refuge.

Sheriff Gerald Sinclair said that after reading background reports a custodial sentence was “screaming out at me”.

He deferred sentence until September 9 to get an updated social work report on Skeffington, 34, now living in Longcroft Crescent.

Sheriff Sinclair said: “I am concerned that in the report you are minimising violent behaviour. You are an abusive character and nothing but trouble to your partner and children.”