Offender told to stay away from partner after domestic lockdown row

A serial domestic offender has been warned to stay away from his partner after a lockdown row.

William North, 35, admitted threatening or abusive behaviour in Nith Quadrant, Newarthill, on June 28.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard he went to his partner’s home at 7am and banged on a door, demanding she let him in.

Andrew Richardson, prosecuting, said: “She felt threatened by his behaviour, so much so that she phoned the police.”

North was said to live with his mother in Woodside Crescent, Newmains, but defence agent Diarmid Bruce said he often stayed with the woman in Newarthill.

Mr Bruce told the court: “There had been a disagreement and my client went away for a cooling off period.

“He went back to find the doors locked and he was unable to get in. He started shouting and banging on a door and accepts this caused his partner some alarm.

“The Covid-19 lockdown has presented problems and unfortunately people sometimes behave in a way that is not acceptable.”

Sheriff Allan McKay pointed out this was North’s fifth conviction for an offence of a domestic nature.

The sheriff deferred sentence until September 29 for good behaviour.

A non-harassment order banning North from contact with his partner will be in force during that time.

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