A SHERIFF has voiced his suspicion that a man who assaulted his partner at a flat in Clydebank is “drawing a veil” over his behaviour.

A court heard last week Kenneth Taylor didn’t think his girlfriend was scared by his actions in the incident just before Christmas, when he head-butted her and she needed six stitches in her face.

Taylor, 32, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last Friday for sentencing after earlier pleading guilty to assault and threatening behaviour at a home on Second Avenue on December 18.

Fiscal depute Meghan Glancey, prosecuting, said: “At 5.30pm on December 18 there was an argument over the accused being unhappy that the complainer was not organising his dinner.

“The accused began shouting and swearing and slapped the complainer to the face. He then backed off, saying, ‘Look what you made me do’.”

Ms Glancey added: “The accused head-butted her to the left side of the face, causing the skin to break above her left eye and a wound to bleed profusely.”

Taylor then made to leave after telling his partner he “needed help” and asking her to take him to his brother’s house, which she did.

After having reviewed a social work report compiled before Taylor appeared in the dock, Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said: “The accused’s position on speaking to the author of the report is that he has no recollection of this incident but that he wasn’t under the influence of anything.

“There were no worries about his mental state as far as the police are concerned... That’s a puzzle.

“One explanation is that he’s drawing a complete veil over his action and trying to pretend he doesn’t know what it was he did.”

Quoting from a social work report, the sheriff said: “When asked if he felt his partner was at any point likely to have been scared of him or to have feared for her safety, he replied ‘no’ [yet] he head-butted her on the face, he burst her face.”

Sentence was deferred until April 3 for a further report from psychiatric services.