A NEWMILLS man attacked his partner by grabbing her hair, punching her and choking her.

Christopher Mcleod, 27, of Torry Bay Court, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He previously admitted that on November 13, at his home, he assaulted the woman by seizing her by the body, pushing her, seizing her by the hair and pushing her face onto the floor.

He attempted to prevent her calling the police and punched her on the body, whereby she fell to the ground, and he put his hands around her neck and applied pressure, all to her injury.

Depute fiscal Jill Currie said that the woman had sustained broken ribs previously and that, during the incident, Mcleod had squeezed her, causing her pain.

When she said she would call the police, Mcleod tried to take her phone and a struggle started.

Mcleod then grabbed her hair, causing her to scream which was heard by neighbours. He also punched her on the chest and twice she fell to the floor.

He then put pressure around her neck and she felt that she could not breathe.

Sheriff Charles Macnair told Mcleod: “This was a sustained and vicious attack on your partner.”

He imposed a community payback order with 165 hours of unpaid work.