Ednam 72-year-old admits shouting abuse at partner during drink-fuelled outburst

A pensioner has been ordered to behave himself for the next four months after admitting behaving in a threatening and abusive manner towards his 78-year-old partner.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 11:03 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 11:17 am
Ednam's Stichill Road.

Kenneth Cooper, 72, pleaded guilty to acting in an aggressive manner and shouting offensive comments during a bust-up at a house in Ednam’s Stichill Road on November 28.

That offence was also racially and domestically aggravated, Selkirk Sheriff Court heard.

On the day in question, the couple had been out together and, after returning home, the woman had gone upstairs for a sleep.

When she came back downstairs at 4pm, Cooper was lying on the living room floor.

Depute fiscal Alan Wickham said the woman was concerned for his wellbeing but realised he was drunk.

After Cooper was aroused, he began swearing at her and told her to go back to Yorkshire.

Mr Wickham said that abuse continued after Cooper went to a bedroom and carried on ranting, only stopping at around 7pm.

The court was told the woman challenged Cooper about his behaviour at 10am the following day, but he was dismissive about it, prompting her to send an email to the police requesting assistance.

The woman has since asked for Cooper to stay away from her and their house, in joint ownership, and that is now the subject of civil proceedings.

Defence lawyer Colin Severin said his client had been acting as the woman’s carer but an argument broke out, allegedly due to her “griping about him getting a job”, something Cooper took issue with due to his age.

He added: “This culminated in the outburst, which he regrets.”

Sentence was deferred until May 18 for good behaviour, and the imposition of a non-harassment order will be considered at that hearing.