An Aberdeen woman has been ordered to behave after she punched her disabled partner in the face.
Melanie Whyte appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday and admitted lashing out at her husband Andrew on April 29 this year.
The court heard Whyte, who has suffered two recent bereavements in her family, had been drinking excessively when she began to argue with her husband.
Fiscal depute Kirsten Thomson said Mr Whyte, who has a prosthetic leg, had been waiting at their home, 90 School Drive, Aberdeen, for his wife to return.
The court heard that when Whyte did eventually show up around 6.30pm she was drunk, and this sparked an argument.
Miss Thomson said Mr Whyte asked his wife to leave and as she walked away from him she turned round and punched him in the face.
Mr Whyte lost his balance and fell over, hitting his face on a door frame.
He was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to be checked over as he was feeling dizzy and was suffering from a swollen jaw and cheek.
However, he discharged himself before receiving medical attention, the court heard.
Representing Whyte, solicitor Ian McGregor said his client was sorry for her actions which were carried out when she was under the influence of alcohol.
He said she was a recovering alcoholic who had been doing well until two close relatives died earlier this year and she “fell off the wagon”.
Mr McGregor told the court Mr Whyte had been in contact with him and had said he wanted to forget about the incident and “patch things up”.
Sentencing Whyte Sheriff Kenneth Stewart said as she had no previous convictions for assault he was prepared to accept that the incident was “out of character” for her.
He deferred sentence on the 36-year-old until December so she can be of good behaviour.