A man went to extreme lengths to see who his ex partner was meeting in her house – sneaking in behind her guest as he entered the premises.
Alexander Cruickshanks (46) then refused to leave and started accusing the woman of stealing money from him. Heated words turned to violence as he slapped and grabbed her.
Cruickshanks, 27 Little Denny Road, Denny, appeared from custody at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having pled guilty to the assault he committed in Bulloch Crescent, Denny, on January 28 last year.
Procurator fiscal depute Mhairi Alexander said: “It was 10pm and the complainer had asked a friend to her house and the accused snuck in behind him and followed him in.
“He was asked to leave and said he would go in a bit. Alcohol was consumed and he started accusing her of stealing money from him.
“He said he wanted his money back and at this point he began to assault her, slapping her. He seized her body, but she pushed him away and was able to call the police.
“He continued to accuse her of stealing money when police officers arrived.”
The court heard Cruickshanks believed he and his partner were still together on the night of the incident.
William McIntyre, defence solicitor, said: “He was in a relationship with her and his position is it was this incident which caused the relationship to end. He went to her house one night and she had another man there, which didn’t start things off very well.
“He was wondering why this man was visiting his partner. He was upset for a number of reasons and he was drunk – he has a very serious alcohol problem. When he was leaving he said she had money she owed him.
“He was owed this money. It was taken from him.”
Sheriff Derek Livingston said the social work report on Cruickshanks contained the word “futile” and the term “not feasible” regarding the possibility of a community based disposal.
Mr McIntyre said: “In times gone by he has abstained from alcohol for long periods of time and his offending has dropped off in recent months. He has made a clean break and put this relationship behind him.”
Sheriff Livingston said Cruickshanks was not suitable for a community payback order because he had previously failed to comply with its terms.
He was sentenced to three months in prison backdated to May 19.