A man has been fined for attacking his partner after a charity event at an Aberdeenshire hotel.
John Marshall and his girlfriend Moira MacKie had been attending a fundraiser at Thainstone Agricultural Centre on Saturday night when they decided to go back to their friend’s house in Inverurie for some drinks.
While at the address in Meadow Place, the pair became involved in an argument and Marshall pushed Ms MacKie, causing her to fall over.
When they returned to the hotel at Thainstone, where they were staying, the 54-year-old pushed her again before hitting her on the head with his hands.
Yesterday, the first offender appeared from custody at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and admitted assaulting her twice in the early hours of Sunday.
Fiscal depute Cheryl Clark said both attacks were witnessed by either their friends or staff at the hotel.
Representing Marshall, of 5 Millan View, Lumphanan, Banchory, solicitor Shane Campbell said both his client and Ms MacKie had been drinking a considerable amount of alcohol that night.
He added that Ms MacKie had become convinced Marshall had been cheating on her with his ex-wife.
The court heard Marshall was extremely ashamed and embarrassed by his behaviour which was out of character for him.
Mr Campbell said his client had also recently discovered that his mother was suffering from terminal cancer and had drank to excess that evening as a result.
Sheriff Christine McCrossan said she took into account the background to the attacks, but said they must have been serious enough to warrant witnesses calling the police.
She fined him £200.