A DALMUIR man who pushed his ex-partner out of a taxi has been called out for his “childish behaviour” by a sheriff.

Mark Winters, of Brisbane Street, assaulted his former partner in Jellicoe Street on July 25 last year.

The 46-year-old was found guilty of repeatedly pushing his ex on the body and causing her to fall to the ground.

Winters' solicitor told Dumbarton Sheriff Court: “There is positive in the body of the report. He has a long employment history and a minimal record.

"He is remorseful of the incident.”

It was then explained that the victim had written to Winters through a third party since the incident, and the message was read out in court.

The email, which was read out by Winters’s defence solicitor, said: “At no point did I say he assaulted me.”

Sheriff John Hamilton interrupted: “She comes and says she wasn’t assaulted, but she gave evidence and testified in court for assault. 

“She says, ‘I want to assure you when I say assault I don’t mean assault’. That slightly concerns me.

“And for Mr Winters, he effectively created an extremely stressful situation. It is a nasty thing to do. 

“Like a child, he ‘worries about the taxi’ and when she comes to get into the taxi, pushes her out several times.

“Although he says he accepts [the offence], he’s also got some mad excuse about ‘I didn’t mean to push her’ or ‘the door was open’. That is just nonsense. 

“What he hasn’t done, to my mind, is accepted at any stage his conduct on that day. It is bizarre behaviour.

“She was upset in court and in tears when she had to testify.”

The sheriff placed Winters on a community payback order with 12 months of social work supervision, and ordered him to complete 140 hours of unpaid work.