A KELTY man grabbed his partner by the throat and slapped her to the head after accusing her of sleeping with other males.

James Connelly, 46, of Lochleven Terrace, previously admitted that on February 1 at Keltyhill Crescent, he did assault his partner and did repeatedly seize her by the neck and strike her on the head.

Depute fiscal, Jade Doig, explained the couple had been in a relationship and had a seven-year-old son together.

The complainer had contacted police at 10.12pm saying she had been assaulted by her partner.

When officers arrived they noticed that both the complainer and the accused were under the influence of alcohol, although Connelly was significantly more intoxicated than his partner.

They tried to ascertain what had taken place.

"The complainer stated that he had grabbed her by the throat and accused her of sleeping with other males," Ms Doig said.

Also, that he had "slapped her on the right-hand side of her head".

Connelly replied: "Aye, I did grab her by the throat."

Both parties then started having an argument and the accused was arrested.

Defence solicitor, Alexander Flett, said: "They reside together and he accepts that alcohol is an issue.

"There is a record before the Court with occasional batches of offending if you could put it that way.

"But there is a gap between 2010-2018.

"He accepts that it will be a concern to the Court that after staying out of trouble for a relatively long time he is back again."

Sheriff James Moncrieff said: "This is an offence of violence.

"I am, however, minded to deal with this by way of a community payback order."

Connelly was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work and is required to attend alcohol treatment and counselling as directed by his supervisor.