Carnoustie attacker faces jail

An advocate's wig
An advocate's wig

A Carnoustie man who battered a woman in front of a young child saying “I’m giving her a hug” as he put her in a chokehold was today (Monday) facing jail.

Robert Shand launched the brutal attack on the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at an address in Carnoustie last November.

Shand first struck the woman’s head off a wall before putting her in a headlock - causing her to struggle to breathe.

This took place in front of an “extremely upset” primary school aged boy.

But Shand told the child: “I’m giving her a hug.”

Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court that Shand then left the house - but returned and restarted the attack.

At one point he wrenched a phone from her hand as she spoke to a 999 operator before pulling “several clumps” of hair out of her head.

Miss Rasheed said: “He grabbed her by the face and repeatedly struck her head against a wardrobe.

“The child began to cry again which made the accused stop.

“At this stage, police officers arrived at the locus in response to calls made by both the complainer and a neighbour.

“The accused fled the locus through the back door.

“Officers entered the property.

“There were signs of a disturbance within and the complainer and her child were both crying and emotional.

“She noticeably had clumps of hair missing from her head.

“The officers tried to trace the accused but were unable to find him.

“A neighbour was also traced.

“At the time of the assault she heard the complainer shouting at the accused to ‘get off her’ and heard the accused shouting ‘I’m gonna put your head in”.

“She also heard the complainer shouting ‘someone call the police’.

“The neighbour told the police she felt really frightened for the woman and her children.”

Shand, 35, Carnoustie, Angus, pleaded guilty on indictment

Defence advocate Neil Beardmore said: “Alcohol seems to be the underlying problem here.

“He has care of his two children and I’d ask bail be continued so he can look after them.”

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and released Shand on bail meantime.