A DUNFERMLINE man who punched his wife in front of his teenage daughter has been jailed.

Artur Lewy, 47, of Lorimer Gardens, told police that his daughter had "exaggerated" the whole incident.

Lewy appeared from custody with an interpreter for sentencing after he was remanded for breaching the terms of his bail.

He previously admitted that on August 24, at an address in Dunfermline, he assaulted his wife and acted in an aggressive manner, seized her by the hair and punched her on the head all to her injury.

He also committed a breach of bail on August 28 by contacting his wife.

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard that the accused and complainer had been together for 17 years and were married with two children.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said Lewy had been out drinking with friends and, when he returned, decided to stay in their caravan by the property.

The next day his wife was woken by him asking for the keys of their car.

But the complainer thought Lewy was still under the influence of alcohol, causing an argument to break out.

The police were later told that he was aggressive and threatened his wife.

Lewy went out and came back around midday.

His wife asked if he had continued to drink, which he denied although she thought he had.

An argument ensued, causing the complainer to say she was going to ring the police.

That was when the accused grabbed her by the hair and punched her in the face – all which was witnessed by their daughter.

Lewy told the police that his daughter had exaggerated the evening and had just repeated what his wife had said, concluding that no incident had taken place.

The breach of bail happened when police saw that Lewy had contacted his wife on the phone.

She was also alarmed when she saw her youngest child walking with their dad after school.

She then picked up the child in her car and told the police.

Defence solicitor Elaine Buist said: "Mr Lewy seems to accept responsibility.

"He told me he found the appointment with social work quite useful and made him think."

Sheriff James Macdonald said: "You acted in a manner towards the complainer which the court is entitled to regard as intimidating.

"Your comments to the author of the report make for particularly poor reading.

"You indulge in victim-blaming and minimising of your own offending behaviour.

"No other sentence other than one of imprisonment is appropriate."

He was jailed for 140 days and will undergo 18 months of supervision. A non-harassment was also imposed for 12 months.