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Man admits domestic assault

A MAN who admitted assaulting his former partner by punching her on the head, scratching and biting her has been released on bail ahead of sentencing.

Kyle Swannie, 21 of Bakland, Lerwick, has been in custody for almost three weeks after breaching previous bail conditions by approaching the woman on a social media video call.

He appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday to admit assaulting the woman by punching her on the head and body, seizing hold of her, holding her against a fridge, seizing her by the hair, scratching her on the head and biting her on the finger to her injury.

The incident took place at an address at Lerwick’s Ladies Drive on 6 January. He also admitted conducting himself in a disorderly manner, fighting with another man and committing a breach of the peace that day.

In relation to the bail breach, defence agent Tommy Allan said the call had been instigated not by Swannie himself but another woman, though he admitted participating in the conversation.

The court also heard that Swannie has only completed nine hours of unpaid work on a community payback order imposed in November, and still has a further 66 hours to carry out.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said he was granting bail with “considerable hesitation” and imposed a curfew meaning Swannie must stay at home between 7pm and 7am every day.

The sheriff said that “all sentencing options are open” when Swannie reappears in court on 15 March.