A VIOLENT thug with a lengthy record of abusing partners has been locked up after admitting a horrific and sustained assault on a woman – watched by a child.

James McInally, of Montreal House in Mountblow, grabbed his victim by the body, threw her to the ground, struck her on the head and body, punched her on the head, and stamped on her head while she was on the ground.

The offence happened in the early hours of October 5 last year – but it took McInally almost a year to admit what he’d done.

The 32-year-old pleaded guilty at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week – when it emerged that his criminal record includes four domestic abuse convictions involving a previous ex.

McInally admitted repeatedly shouting, swearing and uttering offensive remarks towards his victim, seriously assaulting her to her injury, and shouting and swearing at the woman’s child.

A sheriff warned that McInally – who has been remanded in custody to await sentence – could be facing jail because of the threat he poses to the public.

A hearing on September 29 was told how McInally had spent much of the night arguing with the woman when they returned to an address in Dalmuir Court after going out for a few drinks around 18 months into their relationship.

Fiscal depute Meghan Glancey said McInally had accused the woman of not loving him any more, had called her a “liar”, a “c***” and a “scumbag”, and during the night had repeatedly woken the woman up by turning the lights on and off, removing the bedclothes, calling her names and trying to continue the argument.

Ms Glancey said McInally had woken up at 7.30am and had immediately started shouting. The child, she said, had heard him call the woman a “slut”, “a horrible piece of work”, “evil” and “b****”.

The woman told McInally to leave, and opened the front door, but instead he grabbed her and threw her to the ground.

Ms Glancey said the woman had tried to protect herself by curling into the foetal position and covering her head, but McInally punched her on the head and arms.

The child then came out and saw the woman being hit and stamped on the head.

The youngster tried to intervene, but McInally turned his rage on the child and said “shut the f*** up”.

A struggle led to the child tripping over the woman, resulting in the child suffering pain and swelling to the wrist. McInally then accused the child of lying as he stormed into the living room.

Police were called, but by the time they arrived McInally had left. The woman and child were both taken to hospital; a warrant was issued for McInally’s arrest, but he wasn’t traced until nearly a month later.

In a separate offence, McInally broke bail conditions and turned up at his ex’s door on May 16 this year. It was 5.30am and he rang the buzzer five or six times.

He eventually got in the building and was seen outside her door and police were called.

The Crown accepted not guilty pleas to further charges alleging McInally had assaulted the child, stolen trainers, keys and a bottle of alcohol, sent abusive or threatening messages, and threatened to disclose an intimate image of his ex to others.

Defence solicitor Scott Adair said his client had previously gone through the PAIR project, an initiative tackling domestic abuse in West Dunbartonshire.

He also said McInally had “mended bridges” with his previous partner who was a survivor of his crimes.

He added: “Mr McInally understands the precarious position he is in.”

Sheriff Frances McCartney said: “A custodial sentence is very much at the forefront of my mind, but I’m concerned you may be a danger on your eventual release.”

She called for background reports to consider the potential of a supervised release order once McInally is let out of jail.

He will be sentenced later this month.