A MAN who punched his former partner in a Lochgelly street has been jailed.

Craig Russell, 26, now of Dallas Drive, Kirkcaldy, had previously admitted that on February 26, at West Park in Lochgelly, he assaulted his former partner and punched her on the head whereby she fell to the ground to her injury.

He also, on the same day, behaved in a threatening or abusive manner when he repeatedly shouted, swore and acted in an aggressive manner.

Depute fiscal, Freya Anderson, said Russell had gone to speak to his ex about seeing his child.

At one point, the mother and the ex-partner were walking to a car outside and he was seen running towards them with a pram. He caught up with the complainer and stood in front of her shouting and swearing.

Ms Anderson told the Court: "He attempted to punch her several times. One punch connected with her face causing her to fall to the ground. He continued shouting and swearing and stated something similar to "Do you want more?

"The complainer sustained a one cm laceration to her top lip, grazing to her right elbow and wrist, swelling to her left eye and a scratch to her right cheek."

Solicitor, Alexander Flett, said the offence was committed out of frustration in the break down of contact with his child.

He added: "He accepts he lost his temper and struck the complainer."

Sheriff Alastair Brown jailed Russell for nine months and granted a non harassment order banning him from contacting or attempting to contact the former partner for two years.

He told him: "Assaulting people in the street is completely unacceptable. Assaulting an ex partner is completely unacceptable.

"Punching a woman in the face is contemptuous."