A SERIAL domestic abuser woke his fiancé up and began to struggle with her after a night of heavy drinking.

Craig Rock caused bruising to his partner’s arms but he also suffered grazes to his nose and a scratch to his rib.

Police found the woman in an extremely upset state.

Rock, 37, of Union Street, Kelty, admitted that, on October 28, in Rosyth, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear and alarm in that he did struggle and fight with his partner.

Also, on January 8 at an address in Dalgety Bay and elsewhere, he did behave in a threatening and abusive manner, likely to cause a reasonable person fear or alarm in that he left a threatening voicemail for his former partner.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia told Dunfermline Sheriff Court that the complainer had been in a relationship with Rock for a short period, around four months, at the time.

They had spent their Saturday evening together drinking and over the course of the evening attended a pub in Rosyth, where they continued to consume more alcohol.

“The complainer told police that the accused was drinking Jack Daniels and was becoming more difficult,” Mr Kapadia said.

The couple made their way home and lifted some alcohol that they had stored in the complainer’s mother’s garden, which they continued to drink when they went back in the house.

The woman fell asleep and then remembered being woken up by Rock calling her a “liar”.

The matter escalated and a struggle between the two began, the court was told. The complainer was “squirming” as she tried to get away from Rock.

The woman described fighting with the accused and hitting him. She also grabbed his face while struggling with him and bit him on the nose, causing some injury.

The complainer then phoned the police and they found her in a “extremely” upset state.

Rock was found with a long scratch to his left rib and grazes to his nose.

The woman made a complaint to the police; she had bruising to both of her arms, but she declined any medical attention.

Defence solicitor, Roshni Joshi, said: “I think that in the report it might look like there is some attempt to place blame on his partner.

“Whilst he accepts the charges, the fact is that there is evidence that he sustained injuries in that matter.

“Alcohol played a significant part at that time.

“They are engaged to be married very soon.

“He accepts that alcohol is not an excuse for his behaviour. He has employment and that might indicate that alcohol may not be a problem as it was in the past.

“I cannot get away from the fact that Mr Rock has a bad record for domestic abuse and I do not wish to persuade the court that he does not.”

Sheriff Robert McDonald imposed a community payback order with 18 months supervision. It was noted that Rock had already spent four weeks in custody for the incident. He will also have to undertake 130 hours of unpaid work for the offence last January.