Husband admits assault

A man who pushed his wife to the ground on a Stranraer street has been given a chance to prove his behaviour was a one-off.

Jason Pickering appeared in Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday charged with assaulting his wife on July 27.

The court heard Pickering, 40, of 53 Sun Street, Glenluce and his wife had made their way into Stranraer to watch live music and have a few drinks.

Fiscal Paula Forbes said the two were out for a few hours in the afternoon when Pickering left his wife and went outside. When he didn’t return, she went looking for him and found him in the taxi office on Charlotte Street.

She added: “An argument developed, both were under the influence of alcohol. The complainer left the office and Mr Pickering followed before pushing her. She fell to the ground and he was seen to stand over her and held her down.”

A witness came to pull Pickering off his wife but the accused shouted and swore at him, challenging him to a fight. Pickering then left the scene and police were informed of the incident.

His lawyer said the couple put the incident behind them and there have been no repeats. Sentence was deferred for six months.