Man admits assaulting his partner for fourth time

Selkirk Sheriff Court
Selkirk Sheriff Court

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.”