Fife man who admitted assaulting his partner sentenced to unpaid work

A Kirkcaldy man who admitted assaulting his partner has been ordered to carry out 110 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 12:30 pm

Charles McPhee, of Whytemans Brae, appeared before Sheriff Pino Di Emidio at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

McPhee, 45, admitted that on September 6, 2020 at his home address he assaulted his partner by shouting at her, seizing hold of her by the throat, throwing her to the ground and repeatedly pursuing her.

The Procurator Fiscal Depute told the court the accused and the complainer had been in a relationship for 12 years at the time of the offence.

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Charles McPhee appeared before Sheriff Di Emidio at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

"On the evening in question the accused and the complainer were both in the property and the complainer had fallen asleep.

"She was awoken around 6am and observed that the accused was standing over her.

"Without provocation he grabbed her by the throat and started shouting at her. He then threw her on the living room floor. She got up and ran to the bathroom and the accused pursued her. She ran from the house with the accused pursuing her. A neighbour contacted the police and when officers arrived they saw the accused on the front step of the house.

"He appeared to be heavily under the influence of drugs and was arrested.”

McPhee’s defence lawyer said his client had been struggling badly during the lockdown and the couple had been arguing more: “He had taken valium and has no recall of the events which took place. The couple are still together.”

Sheriff Di Emidio sentenced McPhee to 110 hours of unpaid work to be completed in 12 months.

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