Chased in the street
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.”