A 29-year-old man slapped his partner after he had been out drinking and she had been working.

Adam Wallace, formerly of Rosyth, now of Blamey Crescent, Cowdenbeath, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on January 21 at Whirlbut Crescent, Dunfermline, he assaulted his partner by striking her on the head.

He also breached bail conditions on February 1 at Whirlbut Crescent, when he was inside a house he had been banned from entering.

Depute fiscal Brogan Moffat said the couple had been in a relationship for six years.

On this night, Wallace had been out drinking and returned home intoxicated.

When he was told to sleep in the spare room, Wallace started shouting at her then slapped her on the face.

The woman sent a text message to her mum asking her to contact the police.

Wallace told officers: “I’ll be honest, I did slap her on the face.”

In the breach of bail case, Wallace was found hiding under a bed by officers.

Defence solicitor Stephen Morrison said there had been a misunderstanding about childcare arrangements, which led to a row.

He went on: “He had refused to sleep on the sofa, an attempt was made to pull him from the bed and he reacted.”

He added that his client believed the relationship would continue.

The court heard Wallace has previous convictions for domestic offences.

Sheriff Garry Sutherland imposed a community payback order with 90 hours of unpaid work, a year of supervision and a fine of £210.