An Aberdeen man who admitted throwing a bucket of dirty water over his partner during an “abhorrent” campaign of domestic abuse has been told his behaviour was that of a “Neanderthal cave-dweller”.
Wayne Reid appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for the third time in relation to incidents involving the same woman yesterday.
The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to assaulting her at a property in Cove during a row on Wednesday, June 5.
The accepted a charge of “dragging the woman around their house and garden by her hair and throwing a bucket of dirty water, used to mop the floor, over her”.
Sheriff Ian Cruickshank spared the offshore worker a prison sentence but ordered him to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, and to remain under supervision for two years.
He told Reid: “This is the third time you have appeared in court in connection to domestic incidents with this same partner.
“I don’t know if you realise how close you have come to going to prison.
“Your actions on this occasion were abhorrent.
“I would expect them of a Neanderthal cave-dweller.”
Reid’s defence agent, John Hardie, said the pair had been in an “on and off” relationship for about four years.
Mr Hardie said: “My client lost control of himself and this is something he deeply regrets.”
The lawyer provided a letter from Reid’s partner outlining a medical condition she had which had gone undiagnosed for some time, and he said contributed to the argument.
The accused, of Loirston Road, will also be enrolled in a course designed to educate offenders about domestic abuse.