Chased in the street

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An early hours do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance in Cam­bus­nethan got so out of hand that sev­eral neigh­bours called the po­lice.

A woman could be seen run­ning up and down the street plead­ing for help be­fore her furious part­ner, Stephen Cairns, caught her and dragged her back to­wards their home.

Cairns, 25, a pris­oner, ap­peared at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court last week and ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing the woman in Bran­chal­field Drive on De­cem­ber 16 last year.

Cal­lum Forsyth, pros­e­cut­ing, said there was an al­ter­ca­tion in the house about 2.30am dur­ing which Cairns was shout­ing at his girl­friend.

He pushed her re­peat­edly and she ended up against a wall.

She was so con­cerned at his drunken be­hav­iour that she tried to phone the po­lice but he grabbed her phone and threw it across the room.

Mr Forsyth told the court: “The woman went back to bed but to her alarm the ac­cused be­gan lock­ing all the doors and win­dows. She grabbed a key to the con­ser­va­tory, got out of the house and ran down the street where she chapped on a neigh­bour’s door.

“How­ever, the neigh­bour was fear­ful and did not an­swer the door.

“(The woman) then ran up and down the street. Two mem­bers of the pub­lic were driv­ing past and saw she was dis­tressed. She asked them to phone the po­lice which they did but then they left.

“A neigh­bour then saw the ac­cused drag­ging (the woman) back to­wards the house. The ac­cused was shout­ing and swearing at her.

“He seemed em­bar­rassed that she had in­volved the neigh­bours.

“Sev­eral re­ports were made to the po­lice about the on­go­ing dis­tur­bance in the street.

“( The woman) broke free from the ac­cused out­side the front door and again made off down the street. This time she was al­lowed into a neigh­bour’s house but the ac­cused was also let in.

“The com­plainer and the ac­cused then left and went back to their own house. At 4.10am po­lice ar­rived and of­fi­cers no­ticed the com­plainer had bruis­ing to her face and scratches.”

A de­fence agent said Cairns’s men­tal state “fluc­tu­ates” and there had ini­tially been con­cerns about whether he would be fit to ap­pear in court and plead to the charge.

De­spite this and pre­vi­ous do­mes­tic abuse, the so­lic­i­tor said the cou­ple plan to stay to­gether.

Sher­iff Ray Small noted this is his third con­vic­tion for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and he also has con­vic­tions for other as­saults, some in­volv­ing weapons.

The sher­iff de­ferred sen­tence un­til April 16, re­manded Cairns in cus­tody and said he was con­sid­er­ing a su­per­vised re­lease or­der.

He told the ac­cused: “I’m con­cerned you might be a risk to ei­ther your part­ner or other mem­bers of the pub­lic on your re­lease.”

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