Sentence deferred on man who assaulted his wife

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A MAN who assaulted his wife will return to court for sentence on his wedding anniversary.

Fifty-four-year-old David Kyng appeared from custody at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday and admitted repeatedly pushing his wife at their home in Mayfield Drive, Hawick on February 21, and threatening to pour a bucket of water over her.

The offence followed an early-morning argument after his return from a local pub.

“At 2am, she tried to go to bed, but he kept pushing her, refusing to let her into bed,” explained Procurator fiscal Morag McLintock.

“He then went to the kitchen and returned with a bucket of water, which he threatened to pour over her.”

When police arrived they could hear a male voice shouting.

“The complainer was a reluctant witness, but admitted she had been scared,” added Ms McLintock.

Defence agent Iain Burke said there had been an argument between his client and his wife of six years after he returned from the pub.

“He went to bed, slamming the door, and about an hour later his wife tried to get into bed, and he refused to let her in, pushing her away.

“He then went for the bucket of water and threatened to pour it over her,” added Mr Burke.

“She did not want to make a formal complaint at the time,” concluded the solicitor.

When Sheriff Kevin Drummond deferred sentence for six months, until August 25 at Jedburgh Sheriff Court, Kyng told him “That’s my wedding anniversary.”