AN INVERKEITHING woman was assaulted by her former partner after allowing him to spend the night at her home.

She was grabbed by the neck twice by her ex, 47-year Hugh Montague, one year after they had separated.

Montague, of Bulloch Crescent, Denny, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on November 29, 2019, at an address in Inverkeithing, he assaulted his former partner by grabbing her by the neck repeatedly.

He also admitted that at Dunfermline police station on the same day, he was in possession of cocaine.

Depute fiscal Alastair McDermid said the couple had been in an 11-year relationship but that had ended 12 years before the incident.

After receiving a text message from Montague, the woman agreed to go and pick him up by car and for him to stay the night at her home.

When she met him, he was “under the influence of something” added the depute.

The woman took him to her home at 9.15pm and everything was fine until 3am in the morning when she heard loud banging coming from the kitchen.

The depute went on: “She went downstairs and found the accused lying on the couch. He got up and grabbed her by the neck, shouting and swearing at her.

“He asked her for money and when she refused he grabbed her by the neck again.

“She began screaming and ran away from the locus.”

Montague was later arrested and taken to the police station where he was searched and found to be concealing the cocaine.

Sheriff Charles Macnair imposed a community payback order with 160 hours of unpaid work.