A DOMESTIC dispute ended with police officers dragging a Dunfermline man out of a bath.

This followed an assault by Dean Steward on his partner.

Steward, 31, of Kennedy Crescent, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on July 12, at his home, he assaulted his partner by pushing her, causing her to fall onto a sofa and straddled her to her injury.

He also admitted shouting, swearing and acting in an aggressive manner.

He further admitted struggling violently with three police officers.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said Steward and his partner had been consuming alcohol in their home when an argument broke out at around 9pm.

“The accused, who was intoxicated, was angered when his partner phoned a friend. He pushed her backwards onto a couch and then straddled her.”

Police were called and when officers arrived they found the woman and a female friend “extremely distraught” as were children who were also in the house.

The police officers then found Steward lying in a bath. He was acting aggressively, was handcuffed and removed from the bath but refused to put his clothes on.

The court was told he was shouting: “F*** off, you can’t touch me. I’ll sue you.”

Defence solicitor Ian Beatson said: “He had to go to work the next morning and his partner was inviting others to come over to the house. That’s what caused the argument.”

Sheriff Charles MacNair imposed a community payback order with 18 months' supervision and 165 hours of unpaid work.