A THUG strangled his girlfriend then punched a hole in a bathroom door and attacked her through it after a row about an uneaten wedding meal.
At Dundee Sheriff Court, Kenneth Hastie, 23, of Commercial Street, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault to injury on August 8 last year.
The court heard that Hastie lost the plot at Samantha Staig after the reception at the city’s Apex Hotel following the wedding of Hastie’s brother.
Miss Staig left the do at 10pm after a row but got home and discovered Hastie had the keys to their flat in Tayport.
She called Hastie and asked him to come home, prompting a massive row when he arrived at the property.
Fiscal depute Vicki Bell told the court that once they got inside Hastie launched a vicious assault on his partner in their bedroom. Miss Bell said: “Neighbours heard shouting and swearing on and off for about an hour.
“They also heard the accused shouting and calling the complainer ‘ugly’.
“Hastie climbed on top of her and placed his hand over her mouth and she was unable to breathe.
“He began to shout at her, telling her to get changed into her pyjamas or he would put them on for her.
“He then placed his hands around her neck and held them there for about one minute.
“When he let go, she texted her brother asking him to phone.”
Ms Staig’s brother told her to lock herself in the bathroom, which she did.
The fiscal depute added: “The accused then punched a hole in the bathroom door, put his hand through and was trying to grab the complainer by the hair while shouting ‘where are you?’
“Her brother arrived and found her with bruising on her back, lumps on her forehead and a cut on her shoulder.
“The accused was found sitting in the flat and was described as looking ‘as cool as a cucumber’.
“He said there had been an argument about her leaving the wedding early, only eating one course of food at the wedding and forgetting to take her keys when she left.”
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael imposed an eight-month restriction of liberty order, which confines Hastie to his home between 7pm and 7am every day and requires him to wear an electronic tag during that time.
Hastie will also be under supervision by social workers for a year.