A STRUGGLE over a mobile phone resulted in a woman being assaulted by her husband and falling down the stairs.

She suffered substantial bruising to her body in the incident in Dunfermline and was taken to hospital.

Grant Hutton, 32, an IT consultant, of Fillan Street, appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court, following the incident at his home.

He admitted that on June 22, he assaulted his partner by struggling with her and causing her to fall down a flight of stairs to her injury.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said the couple have been married for five years.

On this night, Hutton became agitated about a message his wife received on her phone and tried to get it from her.

“He was pulling the phone, she tried to pull away from him and she fell down a flight of stairs,” added the depute.

“She tried to leave and phoned her parents to collect her.”

She was taken to Forth Valley Hospital where she was found to have “substantial bruising” to her back, knee and foot.

When police arrived, Hutton told them he had “lost the plot” and that he felt he was “going mental”.

Defence solicitor Stephen Morrison said: “He’s appalled by his own behaviour.”

The court was told Hutton’s wife was now living in Dunblane.

Sheriff Allison McKay deferred sentence on Hutton until October 10 for him to be of good behaviour.