Marital row bookies boss has sentence deferred

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court

A BETTING shop manager who assaulted his wife during a marital bust-up has been given four months to prove he can be of good behaviour.

Colin Gallacher, 46, pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife by placing his hand around her neck and pushing her against a wall to her injury at their home in Northcote Street.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court was told that the pair had been out drinking but Gallacher had decided to stay out and watch the Scotland v USA football match on television on Friday, November 15, which did not please his wife.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser explained that when he came home an argument developed and the assault took place.

When police arrived they found his wife upset and crying and noticed a mark on her neck.

Gallacher’s lawyer said the argument developed as things had been building up including his wife having an affair which put him under more stress.

However, she said they were resolving matters and asked for the bail condition to be removed to allow him to return to the marital home.

Sheriff Derrick McIntyre deferred sentence until April 11 for good behaviour.