A THUG attacked his former partner and left her with a permanently misshapen nose.

Scott Joyce, 38, pounced on the woman outside her home in Drumchapel on June 7, 2020.

The gas engineer repeatedly punched her on the head and body before throwing her against a wall.

Joyce - who already had two previous domestic convictions for offences committed against her - pleaded guilty at a hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court last week to a charge of assaulting the woman to her severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

The pair, the court heard, had been together for 20 years, but had split in December 2019.

She was at a neighbour’s flat in the early hours of the morning on the day of the attack.

The neighbour was contacted by Joyce wondering where she was.

Banging was later heard coming from her property and she went to investigate.

Prosecutor Hannah Terrance told a hearing on March 16: “Joyce grabbed her by the neck and top she was wearing and threw her around.

“Joyce then pushed her and punched her on the face.

“She shouted ‘phone the police’ in order to get help.

“Joyce let go and she told him that she was going to get him arrested for assault.

“Joyce punched her to her face and neck then threw her against a wall before he kicked her on the head and body.

“She screamed for help and she claimed the attack lasted five minutes.”

The victim was taken to hospital after the incident for treatment for a wound to the back of her head, which medics had to close with glue.

Miss Terrance added: “She had a possible nose fracture but didn’t remain in hospital for further treatment.

“She said as a result of the incident, her nose has been left misshapen.”

Sentence was deferred until next month for background reports.

Sheriff Martin Jones QC released Joyce, who is now living in his parents’ house in Milngavie, on bail pending sentence.