A camping trip turned sour when a chronic alcoholic who “likes to go to jail” beat up his partner.
Robert Jack, 55, admitted attacking Audrey Jorgensen on two separate occasions as well as acting in an aggressive manner in Balunie Avenue on November 6.
He pleaded guilty to punching her on the head and pulling her by the hair at Broughty Castle on July 26.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard a drunken Jack launched his attack in a tent after making disrespectful remarks about Ms Jorgensen’s daughter, causing the pair to seek time to cool off.
Fiscal depute Joanne Smith said: “Ms Jorgensen made her way to Brook Street and received a phone call from a member of staff at the Fort Bar who said he would walk the accused to where she was at Broughty Castle.
“He made his way into the tent and was drinking vodka.”
She added “He began shouting at her and out of nowhere, she saw him sit up and proceeded to punch her in the face.”
Jack then pulled Ms Jorgensen’s hair over her face, restricting her breathing, before she managed to escape and seek the help of two fellow campers nearby.
A few months later, Jack, of Balunie Avenue, threw a cup, struck Ms Jorgensen on the body with a shoe and repeatedly punched her on the head on November 9 at an address in Gardyne Place.
In relation to that incident, Jack repeatedly punched her to the face after refusing to let her leave the house.
Solicitor Mike Short said Jack, who was visibly shaking in the dock, is vulnerable and is repeatedly taken advantage of.
He said: “When he drinks he must be a horrible character.
“He likes to go to jail, he gets respite. Everyone abuses him in his neighbourhood.”
Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence for a social work report until November 30.