Vi­o­lent out­burst af­ter ac­cus­ing ex-part­ner of an af­fair

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A Coat­bridge man who breached a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der when he punched his then part­ner and her son has been jailed for 145 days.

Stephen McCluskey, 49, will spend nearly five months be­hind bars for the vi­o­lent out­burst af­ter ac­cus­ing the woman of hav­ing an af­fair on July 2.

They had been in an on- off re­la­tion­ship for five years with McCluskey spend­ing time be­tween his own prop­erty and his now ex­part­ner’s Air­drie home.

Frew Street res­i­dent McCluskey pleaded guilty to breach­ing the or­der which he was orig­i­nally given for an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the same woman last Septem­ber when she was four-and-a-half months preg­nant with his child.

The procu­ra­tor fis­cal ex­plained: “The com­plainer and her son were at their home ad­dress when the ac­cused came to the door un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

“He was let into the prop­erty but he be­came ver­bally ag­gres­sive and be­gan to ac­cuse her of hav­ing an af­fair.

“She left the room, went into her son’s bed­room and sat down on the edge of the bed.

“The ac­cused then fol­lowed her into the room and punched her on the eye.

“Her son leapt up and shouted ‘ what the hell!’ but the ac­cused shouted at him, ‘stay out of it, that’s what hap­pens when you an­swer me back’.

“He then punched the teenager on the head and said, ‘don’t think you can act hard with me’.”

The fis­cal went on: “The ac­cused then went to the bath­room and the com­plainer went out­side to get some fresh air.

“She felt sick and con­tacted emer­gency ser­vices; when the po­lice ar­rived paramedics were al­ready treat­ing her for a three­cen­time­tre lac­er­a­tion above her right eye.

“The ac­cused was de­tained and said, ‘I’m sorry I did it’.”

McCluskey’s com­mu­nity pay­back or­der, the de­tails of which were not dis­closed, was handed to him af­ter he cor­nered his preg­nant lover in her kitchen leav­ing her strug­gling for breath.

He had been re­peat­edly asked to leave the prop­erty but only did so when she phoned the po­lice af­ter­wards.

McCluskey’s solic­i­tor said: “My client has a drink­ing prob­lem and had been drink­ing heav­ily dur­ing both in­ci­dents.

“He has no rec­ol­lec­tion of the se­cond one and only re­alised he must have done some­thing when he saw the com­plainer’s in­jury.

“Prob­lems be­gan to arise when he moved into his own prop­erty away from her.

“It was a dread­ful de­ci­sion for him to get his own house.

“Last year, he spent 100 days sober af­ter at­tend­ing a pro­gramme to help his ad­dic­tion.

“He’s frank enough to tell me he is at­tend­ing these meet­ings again and he’s ca­pa­ble when he puts his mind to it.”

Sher­iff Frank Pieri ruled: “You at­tacked this woman and caused her a nasty in­jury. It is made even worse by the fact you had been asked to be of good be­hav­iour.

“Both of these in­ci­dents are in the same con­text and I have no al­ter­na­tive but to im­pose a cus­to­dial sen­tence.

“I am sen­tenc­ing you to 145 days in prison which has been dis­counted from six months due to your plea.”

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