A KELTY man inflicted a violent assault on his former partner, including choking her, pulling her by the hair and pinning her down with his knee.

Edward Anderson, 41, of Centre Street, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He previously admitted that on March 20 last year at Burnside Place, Kelty, he assaulted his then partner, seized her mobile phone, repeatedly struck her on the head with it, seized her by the throat and compressed it, attempted to force open her eyelids, repeatedly seized her by the hair, pulled her by the hair, knocked her to the ground, pinned her to a sofa with his knee restricting her breathing, all to her injury.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said when apprehended by police Anderson said he had been angry and “thought she’d been cheating on him”.

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett said: “He has no previous convictions and presents as very remorseful. He describes feeling disgusted with himself. The injuries were fairly insignificant and he’s fortunate about that. It appears to have been a one-off.”

Sheriff Foulis told Anderson it was “a very serious matter” for him to have gone to the woman’s home after consuming alcohol and illicit substances.

He went on: “It must have been extremely concerning and frightening for her as she didn’t know where your behaviour was going to end.”

The sheriff imposed a community payback order with 200 hours of unpaid work and 18 months of supervision. He also imposed a three-year non-harassment order.