A man assaulted his partner just months after the couple were devastated by the loss of their eight-month-old baby.
Joseph Ray hit his partner Lauren Scott on the legs with a plastic bottle during one argument, and pinned her to the bed during a second violent altercation at the home they shared in Prestonpans.
Depute procurator fiscal Kirsty Anderson told Haddington Sheriff Court last Wednesday: “It was 2am and the complainer and the accused had an argument. During the argument the accused attempted to strike her bottom with a half-full plastic drinks bottle and then hit her upper thigh. This caused her pain and discomfort and neighbours were woken by the noise of the disturbance, and heard the complainer shouting ‘you are hurting me, why are you hurting me?’.”
Police were called and quickly attended the address, but no complaint was made by either party at that time. But police were officially informed of the assault on another date when officers spotted bruising on her upper thigh.
Ray, who now lives at 26 St Andrews, Seton Sands, Port Seton, admitted to assaulting Lauren Scott by seizing hold of her, pinning her down, shaking her and slapping her leg at an address in Gardner Road, Prestonpans, on February 12 when he appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court last Wednesday. Ray (25) also pleaded guilty to assaulted Ms Scott by striking her on the body with a bottle to her injury at the same address on February 27.
Defence agent Mary Moultrie said her client and Ms Scott had now separated and the assaults took place “in the aftermath of the couple losing an eight-month-old child in November last year”.
Ms Moultrie added: “She [Ms Scott] had initially playfully hit him with the plastic bottle, but then he went beyond the score in his response.”
Sheriff Peter Braid fined Ray £200 for the February 12 assault on Ms Scott, while he deferred sentence for the second assault to have a supplementary social work report prepared.
Ray will return to court for sentencing on April 9 next year.
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