A LOVE-CHEAT councillor who assaulted his partner after she found out about his affair has been ordered to pay a total of £700.
Construction worker Ronald Ford, 55, was spotted by the woman standing in the street outside his home during the early hours of Sunday morning “with a female who had an unhealthy interest in him”.
When he came into the house, his partner followed him into the bedroom where he was sitting on the bed sending a text message.
Jedburgh Sheriff Court was told on Monday that she grabbed the mobile phone and read a message from a woman called Lee.
The message read: “How do you ever find time to work dealing with her in the morning and me in the afternoon?”
Prosecutor Graham Fraser said: “An argument ensued and she hit him twice. He punched her on the face, causing her to fall to the ground and kicked her on the legs. He stopped attacking her and went to bed, but there was a degree of tension in the house. The partner went to see her step-son and the police were phoned at 1.30am.”
Mr Fraser said the partner suffered swelling and redness to her face, but declined medical attention.
Ford appeared in the dock with a bandaged hand and a black eye, but this was attributed to an altercation with his son. The court was told that the couple’s 13-year relationship was now over and that she had suspected him in the past of being unfaithful.
Ford told police “there was a bit of a scuffle” and admitted showing too much interest in the other woman.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of domestic assault at their home in Market Place, Earlston, on Sunday after appearing from custody.
Ed Hulme, defending, said: “The background to this has come to light. There was a heated argument which became physical as he tried to get his phone back.”
First offender Ford – who is a member of Earlston Community Council – was fined £200 and ordered to pay his former partner £500 in compensation.