A MAN who attacked his partner by grabbing her throat has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Liam McMullen, 26, of Stuart Court in Coatbridge, assaulted his victim at the family home last August.

He seized her by the throat and then punched a female police officer on the head.

Prosecutor Rosalind Walsh told Airdrie Sheriff Court last week: “They had been in a relationship for two years.

“On August 23 last year, both were at home. At 8.15pm, the accused was outside and under the influence of alcohol. He entered the house and an argument ensued before he grabbed her by the throat.

“Police attended and he was arrested and punched a police officer.”

Defence lawyer Luke O’Curry told the court: “He was extremely intoxicated. He took exception to the presence of the police.

“If they hadn’t been present he would have settled down.

“He has a very minor previous conviction and nothing for violence. He has a good work history.”

Sheriff Fergus Thomson put McMullen on a community payback order as an alternative to a fine, and also ordered him to carry out 63 hours of unpaid work, reduced from 70 hours because of his early plea.

The sheriff told McMullen: “This was clearly an unfortunate incident and the court cannot let it go unmarked.”

McMullen was ordered to carry out the work within six months.