"Defence solicitor Brian Bell said: 'Graham had difficult family circumstances at that time which had put a lot of pressure on him'."
“ 'He is a hard-working family man in employment and it is completely unlike him'."
“ 'He was on anti-depressants and the combination of those with alcohol would provide an explanation'.”
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Children saw attack on mother
Man avoids jail and is fined £250 for assault on woman
AN ANGUS man who attacked a woman in front of her three children avoided jail yesterday.
William Graham, of 45 Knowehead, Kirriemuir, had been ejected from a pub after drinking heavily before the attack in Kirriemuir High Street on January 9.
About 9.15pm, a woman saw the 50-year-old staring intensely across the street at her and her children, Forfar Sheriff Court heard yesterday.
Fiscal depute Hannah Kennedy said the woman noticed Graham at some nearby wheelie bins and felt that his mood was changing.
She said the woman felt he was staring at them in an aggressive manner and she approached him to ask him to stop looking at her and her children.
Mrs Kennedy went on: “Graham then lunged forward and butted her, forcing her to the ground.
“She retaliated by kicking him on the leg and he responded by punching her in the face.”
Mrs Kennedy added that the mother threw her mobile phone at Graham, hitting him in the face, before he kicked her in the leg.
A group in a passing vehicle stopped and tried to help the woman, before calling the police.
She was left with a cut to her upper lip and bruising to her face and leg.
When arrested, Graham told police that he did not know what had happened: “All I can remember is her walking towards me and then the police came and took me away.”
Defence solicitor Brian Bell said: “Graham had difficult family circumstances at that time which had put a lot of pressure on him.
“He is a hard-working family man in employment and it is completely unlike him.
“He was on anti-depressants and the combination of those with alcohol would provide an explanation.”
Graham had previously pleaded guilty to assault.
Sentencing, Sheriff Kevin Veal said: “This was an unnecessary assault on the victim in front of her children.”
Graham was fined £250 and ordered to pay £150 compensation.