A LOCHGELLY man assaulted his former partner after an effort to rekindle their relationship was unsuccessful.

John Krogan, or Weir, had been to the cinema and out for food with the woman but the outing ended in him grabbing her by the throat.

Appearing for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday, Krogan, 25, of Gardiner Street, had previously admitted that on February 25 at Main Street, Halbeath and on Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, he assaulted his ex partner.

He seized her by the neck, pulled her to the ground, pushed her on the body, put his hands around her neck and squeezed, prodded her on the body and repeatedly punched and kicked her on the body, all to her injury.

On an occasion between June 1 2017 and June 30, 2017, at a house in Miller Street, Kirkcaldy, he also assaulted the woman when he sat astride her, seized her by the neck, seized her by the clothing to pull her to her feet, seized her by the neck and pinned her against a wall.

Depute fiscal, Azrah Yousaf, said the couple had been in a relationship for a year and four months before splitting up last year.

After the cinema, they went for food and Krogan asked if they could rekindle their relationship which made the woman uncomfortable.

"After the meal was finished, she left quickly," she told the court. "They started to walk together towards Halbeath. He continued to ask her about the relationship status and became quite angry at her refusing to speak about it.

"She said she was going to get the bus back to Kirkcaldy and he was then seen to grab her from behind around the throat in a choke hold before pulling her to the ground.

"He pushed her on the chest causing her to fall again and had his hands around her throat."

Solicitor, John Bain, said the couple had split up but had kept in touch with each other.

His client's view was they might be able to get back together.

"Clearly the complainer rebutted that attempt and he became angry and behaved in the manner described," said Mr Bain. "He regrets what he has done. He seems to have identified that he has anger issues and I think he would benefit from some help in that regard. He is remorseful."

Sheriff Craig McSherry placed him on a community payback order with supervision for 12 months. Krogan was also put on a restriction of liberty order for four months requiring him to stay in his home from 7pm until 7am.