Sentence deferred on husband who ‘lost control’ in ‘domestic’

A husband confronted his wife over a rumour she had been sleeping with another man, spitting on her and seizing her on the body, to her injury.

The terrified woman was “extremely” upset by Michael Cantle’s behaviour, which lasted almost an hour, and arrived at Hawick Police Station “physically distressed.”

Cantle, 23, of Howdenbank, Hawick, admitted assaulting his estranged wife at a house at Anderson Place, Hawick, on February 19.

“A man told him he had been sleeping with his wife,” explained depute fiscal Mark Keane, “and he went to the house to speak to her about it.

His wife totally denied the allegations, but Cantle began shouting and swearing at her, before spitting on her.

“He grabbed her by the arms and continued to shout and swear,” said Mr Keane, “and this continued for about an hour.

“She was extremely scared, and crying,” he added.

Defence solicitor Rory Bannerman described the offence as “a domestic matter”.

“He is ashamed of his behaviour, and although the marriage has broken down, they still have a good relationship,” said Mr Bannerman.

“She understands that he lost control, but does not hold it against him,” he added.

Mr Bannerman said Cantle, a painter/decorator, had spent two nights in custody after being arrested.

Sheriff Donald Corke told Cantle, “Clearly, this behaviour is unacceptable, and you have a serious previous conviction for assault.”

He deferred sentence until July 15 for reports.