A FAIFLEY man has been jailed after admitting assaulting his partner at their home.

David Brand punched the woman on the head during the drunken incident in July at the Faifley Road flat they shared.

The 45-year-old appeared for sentencing at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last Friday – when a sheriff pointed out that Brand had already undergone a programme for domestic abuse offenders before the assault took place.

The court was told the couple’s relationship had ended as a result of the July 15 incident.

Emma Petterson, prosecuting, said: “The accused and the complainer were in a relationship for around three years. During that time, there were 15 recorded incidents in relation to them.”

Ms Petterson said the pair had been with a friend at a bar earlier in the evening, and that the couple had continued drinking after returning home.

“Late in the evening, the complainer’s daughter and her boyfriend attended the property,” Ms Petterson continued.

“The accused became verbally abusive towards the complainer and punched her to the right hand side of her face.

“The accused contacted police on August 2 regarding the assault and, on August 13, he was arrested.”

Brand’s solicitor, Scott Adair, said: “It was a difficult relationship. He in no way tries to blame the complainer, but there were issues around alcohol and drug use during the relationship. They separated as a result of this and there is no intention for the relationship to be renewed.”

Mr Adair said Brand had been put on a community payback order as a result of a previous offence, and had completed all the unpaid hours of work imposed as part of that sentence.

Sheriff John Hamilton noted that Brand had completed the PAIR programme, a West Dunbartonshire Council initiative to get domestic abusers to address their behaviour.

Mr Adair acknowledged that was the case, but said: “The difficulty in this relationship was drink and drugs, and under the influence of those, anybody’s mind would be affected.

“Part of the original problem in the house that night was the amounts that had been taken by the complainer.

“That was what raised the argument. He reacted entirely wrongly to that.”

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Sheriff Hamilton told Brand: “The difficulty you have is that two thirds of your previous convictions are domestically aggravated, and the last two relate to the same complainer.

“You did a domestic violence programme but then fell into exactly the same behaviour. I think I’m left without any option other than a custodial sentence.”

Brand, who spent 38 days on remand in connection with the offence, was jailed for a further four months.

Sheriff John Hamilton also imposed a non-harassment order barring Brand from contacting his ex for three years.