Hysterical Musselburgh woman fled to her mother

Haddington Sheriff Court

Haddington Sheriff Court

A woman arrived “hysterical” at her mother’s house after being attacked by her partner for a second time in two days.

On the first occasion, Kerry Ann Fitchie was assaulted as she lay in bed, following a row about text messages.

Her ex partner Steven Barbour admitted two charges of assault when he appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court in November and the case was continued for background reports. When he returned to court last Wednesday, Sheriff Peter Braid deferred sentence for a further four months for him to be of good behaviour.

Barbour (26) had admitted repeatedly punching Ms Fitchie to her injury on September 23 and then, on September 24, seizing her by the neck, pushing her to the floor and holding her there, again to her injury. Both incidents took place at the home the couple shared at 2b Moir Avenue, Musselburgh.

The court heard the couple woke up on September 23 and there was an argument about the amount of time he spent texting friends. Depute Fiscal Alison Innes said Ms Fitchie was assaulted as she lay in bed, as a result of which she went round to her mother’s, before returning home later in the evening.

She said there was a further argument the next day, during which Barbour grabbed her by the neck.

“She got to her feet and ran out and arrived hysterical on her mother’s doorstep,” Ms Innes continued. “She had fresh marks and redness round her neck and also a bruise to her upper left arm.”

Solicitor Robert Low, representing the accused, said this was the first time Barbour he had lived with somebody and the incident had ended the relationship.

Describing his client as “generally quite law-abiding”, he said Barbour found he was not emotionally equipped to deal with the “inevitable frictions” which could arise from living together.

Barbour, now living in Ferry Road Avenue,Edinburgh, was ordered to return to court on April 2.

More stories from Haddington Sheriff Court in this week’s Musselburgh News, on sale now.


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