Sheriff tells drunk to buy partner Xmas present

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A DRUNK has been told by a court to apologise to his partner by buying her “the best Christmas present you can afford”.

Sheriff Ian Anderson told Steven Marsh to come back to court in three months time and tell him what he’d done to make amends for his “disgraceful” behaviour.

He told Marsh: “I expect your lawyer to tell the court how you made it up to your partner, which may mean the most expensive Christmas present you’ve ever bought her.

“Otherwise I would have fined you so instead of paying a fine you better make sure your partner gets the benefit of the money you’ve saved.”

Marsh, 37, pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance at the family home in Livingston on Friday, December 5.

He admitted causing Leanne Nicholl fear and alarm by shouting and swearing, behaving in an aggressive manner and punching a hole in a cupboard door at the home they share. The court heard the couple had been together for 20 years before the offence.

Marsh drank all day on Friday then went to the pub in the evening to drink some more.

Jim Robertson, prosecuting, said he returned at about 10.30pm in a “highly intoxicated” state and started shouting and swearing at his partner.

“Due to his inebriated state she couldn’t understand him. Police found him upstairs in a very intoxicated condition.

“He was very drunk, apparently so drunk that he was taken to hospital to be checked over but no treatment was necessary.”

Andy Aitken, defending, said Marsh had been feeling low and drunk a lot of whisky.

He said: “He doesn’t remember very much about this at all though he’s greatly embarrassed and ashamed about his behaviour.”

Outside court Marsh claimed he had “no idea” what he was going to buy his partner.

He said: “I always get her nice things at Christmas.

“I’m told she wants me back, so that’s a great present in itself. Apart from that we’ll have to sit down and discuss what she would like.”