A WOMAN who grabbed her partner by the throat has been banned from seeing or contacting her for a year.

Karen McKay, 33, was given a non-harassment order as part of the punishment for her second domestic abuse offence this year against her partner.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard last week how McKay and the other woman were in a property in Crescent Court, Dalmuir, at around 5.15pm when an argument broke out.

McKay threw a glass bottle at her partner which hit the living room wall and smashed.

The victim attempted to leave the flat, but McKay followed her into the close.

She came towards her partner and pushed her into a corner, grabbed her by the throat and compressed it.

McKay then let go and attempted to apologise. Her partner managed to leave and contacted her brother before police attended.

Officers found McKay outside in the street and the victim in the flat.

McKay, now a resident of Drumry, pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity on October 18 but was held on remand for 27 nights prior to last week’s hearing.

The fiscal depute told the court the Crown would be seeking a non-harassment order regardless of the partner’s views, even though they had been unable to reach her for her own opinion.

The partner attended court and McKay’s defence solicitor said she didn’t want a non-harassment order in place.

But the solicitor said McKay “does identify the relationship needs to end” and would comply with a court ban.

Sheriff Frances McCartney pointed out McKay was sentenced in April 2019 with a community payback order (CPO) – but carried out a serious offence just months later.

McKay’s solicitor said: “She does accept responsibility for her actions and the only mitigating factor is she tried to apologise for them.

“She does have a gap in her offending behaviour of 10 years and all the recent events have involved her partner.

“She recognises she needs support to deal with her anger and advises she was doing well attending appointments.

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“She completed the [CPO] hours of unpaid work – she found the focus of the order very helpful. She advises she’s not coping well in custody.”

Sheriff McCartney ordered McKay be under supervision by social workers for 18 months, including any possible programmes for female domestic abuse offenders.

McKay must also do 160 hours of unpaid work within six months and will be subject to a 7pm-to-7am curfew for the next six weeks.