Thug tried to scratch girlfriend’s tattoo off

Robert Williamson faces a prison sentence after the appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Greg Macvean
Robert Williamson faces a prison sentence after the appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A THUG attacked his terrified partner by throwing her on a bed and attempting to scratch off a tattoo on her arm.

Robert Williamson, 48, launched the savage assault on Carol Lovatt after accusing the woman of having affairs.

Williamson chucked Ms Lovatt onto a bed during the violent bust-up at the couple’s home in Penicuik, Midlothian, before trying to scratch the inking from her arm.

The brute, who has previous convictions for domestic abuse, is now facing a prison sentence after admitting the attack during an appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

The court heard the couple had been in a relationship for 12 turbulent years but the pair had separated shortly before the attack on August 25 last year.

Depute fiscal Kirsty Anderson said Williamson and Ms Lovatt were at their home around Midday when he called her a slag and a whore after asking about whether she was seeing other men.

Ms Anderson added the woman was then forced to flee upstairs to a bedroom after she had told unemployed Williamson she was leaving him.

Ms Anderson said: He threw her onto the bed and threw a laundry basket at her. He then attempted to scrape off a tattoo that said Dylan.

The attack was eventually stopped when a passing witness heard Ms Lovatt desperately shouting for help from the house and called police.

The court also heard father-of-two Williamson had several previous domestic abuse convictions to his name and Sheriff Alistair Noble deferred sentence to next month for the preparation of reports.