Violent outburst after accusing ex-partner of an affair
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.”