A MAN bit his partner on Hogmanay last year for buying the wrong colour of toilet paper, a court has heard.

William McArthur previously pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman at his then home in Montrose Street, Clydebank, to her injury.

The 40-year-old also admitted breaking bail conditions weeks later.

At Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week, fiscal depute Emma Thomson said McArthur, now of Onslow Road, was with his partner around 6.55pm on Hogmanay, and both had been drinking all day.

She said: “The accused started to argue and complain that she had bought certain coloured toilet paper. She said she was going to have a drink - this appeared to anger Mr McArthur.

“He approached her and bit her on the right cheek.

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“He grabbed her by the neck and pinned her down. She tried to use her leg to get him off her and managed to get away and leave and phoned police.”

Bail conditions were imposed on McArthur at that time, but he was found to have taken the woman to a hospital appointment on January 16.

He was later arrested for breaking bail and kept in custody until last week.

Defence solicitor Danielle Docherty said her client had been invited to attend with his partner at the appointment.

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry pointed out he chose to ignore the court order preventing that.

Ms Docherty said: “He is not trying to minimise this. There’s no getting away from the fact it was a horrible incident for his partner. He is very sorry for his actions and assures me it will not happen again.”

McArthur, whose criminal offending started in 1994, heard the court, was said to be “exceptionally sorry and ashamed”.

Sheriff Hendry said while there was a gap in offending, there were now charges in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

He ordered McArthur get assessed for the Pair programme to tackle domestic abuse.

Sentence was deferred until May 9.