A karate world champion assaulted his fiancée after finding “explicit” emails to her from male admirers, Haddington Sheriff Court heard last week.
Calum Robb had downed 10 bottles of beer and a bottle of wine before he struck partner Kelly Ann West in the face during a drunken argument.
Robb, a PHD student at Heriot Watt University, had gone to bed following the drinking session with Ms West where he discovered the messages on the couple’s iPad.
He confronted the woman before slapping her four times. Ms West suffered swelling to an eye and bruising to her upper lip during the assault at the couple’s home at 12 West Windygoul Gardens, Tranent.
She managed to flee into the couple’s bathroom where she called police for help.
A sheriff told Robb (28) she would have jailed him if he had not pleaded guilty to the assault. He firstappeared from custody on August 26.
Depute procurator fiscal Aiden Higgins said the couple had been in a relationship for six years and got engaged last year. He added: “On the night of 25 August the couple were at home together and they were both drinking - the accused had [drunk] about 10 bottles of beer and a bottle of wine.
“When he went to bed he came across emails on their shared iPad from other men, and they were explicit. He became very upset. In the spare bedroom the accused pushed her and he then slapped her three or four times to the face and the head.”
Current World ‘Wado’ Karate champion Robb pleaded guilty to assaulting Kelly-Ann West by pushing her on the body and repeatedly striking her on the head to her injury.
Solicitor Kathleen More said her client was a “very clever man who ought to know better”. She added Ms West had now moved back to England.
Sheriff Pamela Bowman said: “You seem to have insight, but you do have a problem and it worries me that this may happen again with different woman.
“It’s serious enough and, taken along with your previous convictions, it warrants a term of imprisonment, but I am looking at the alternative.
“If this had gone to trial I would have jailed you, but you have spared her giving evidence.”
Sheriff Bowman ordered Robb to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
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