Galashiels 22-year-old jailed for stamping on girlfriend’s head and punching her in face

Selkirk Sheriff Court.
Selkirk Sheriff Court.

A man has been jailed for 180 days at Selkirk Sheriff Court for stamping on his partner’s head during an argument.

Jonathan Barnes, 22, of Croft Street, Galashiels, also punched her in the face four or five times and tried to stuff a piece of clothing in her mouth.

That offence was committed at a house in Carlin Court, Tweedbank, on Tuesday, August 7, after the pair had been out socialising.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said: “When they got home, an argument started between the accused and his partner.

“Things calmed down, but shortly afterwards he pushed her and then punched her in the face four or five times.

“He took off his shirt and tried to force it into her mouth.

“She managed to take it out of her mouth and shouted at her friends for help.

“When they came into the room, they saw the accused stamping on her head.”

Mr Fraser said they asked Barnes what was going on and he then left, adding: “She was hysterical.”

The woman suffered bruising and swelling to both eyes and cheeks but discharged herself from hospital.

Barnes’ jail sentence was backdated to August 16, that being when he was first remanded in custody in connection with the offence.