CHOOSING to play the bagpipes after an afternoon spent in the pub resulted in a court appearance for Kelty man Andrew Keatings.

Having taken offence to objections about his music-playing, an argument broke out which ended in him assaulting his then partner.

Keatings, 30, of Seafar Drive, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday after earlier admitting that on December 30, at a house in Keltyhill Avenue, he assaulted his then partner by repeatedly seizing her on the body and causing her to fall to the ground to her injury. 

On January 6, he also assaulted his partner by seizing her by the body and pushing her to the ground to her injury.

Depute fiscal Louise Graham told the court that the couple had been at a bar watching football and, on returning home, Keatings appeared to be intoxicated.

"He made the decision to play his bagpipes and the complainer was annoyed about this," she said.

"They got into a minor argument whereby the accused grabbed her by the wrists and threw her to the ground."

The relationship ended on that day and on January 6, Keatings had received a message from his former partner asking him to collect some of his belongings. 

Another argument ensued and some of his belongings were thrown outside.

He became agitated and grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her to the ground.

Defence solicitor Ian Beatson said the couple had been consuming alcohol and he had "probably chosen the wrong time" to decide to play his bagpipes.

"Obviously it is a fair noise in the house. He got upset that he didn't get to play his bagpipes and matters escalated and it essentially brought the relationship to an end. 

"He very much regrets it. He feels it is out of character for himself and feels sad that the relationship has ended in this way." 
Sheriff Craig McSherry deferred sentencing for three months for Keatings to be of good behaviour.