A man punched a woman in the face during an alcohol-fuelled assault at her Aberdeen home.
Melvin Whyte had been enjoying an evening of drinking with his partner of almost two years, Sylvia Campbell, at her home in Cove on March 2 and she went upstairs to bed.
Sometime in the early hours of March 3, Ms Campbell woke to find Whyte, 60, stood over her.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard yesterday that Whyte grabbed Ms Campbell by the throat.
Whyte left the room and Ms Campbell followed to challenge him about his behaviour.
Whyte, of Summerfield Terrace, then hit his partner in the face causing her to fall over. He then sat on Ms Campbell and told her: “Oh shut up, stop your yelling” and got off her.
The court heard the victim went into the garage and slept there overnight because she was terrified for her own life.
At about 2.30am, Ms Campbell called a friend in a distressed state and her friend came to the house.
Ms Campbell was genuinely shaken by the assault, the court heard, and her face and neck were bruised.
Sheriff Sukhwinder Gill was told the pair shared a bottle of vodka on the night in question.
Whyte admitted assault to injury and said his behaviour was inappropriate.
Sheriff Gill told him: “Your behaviour was appalling.”
Whyte was ordered to do 270 hours of unpaid work within the next nine months.