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Jail for Buckie man (63) who endangered partner's life in vodka bottle attack

By Court Reporter

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A BUCKIE man who endangered his partner's life by repeatedly hitting her over the head with a vodka bottle has been jailed for two years.

Ex-military man Steven Manson (63), of Wallace Avenue, had previously admitted assaulting the woman – causing her severe injury and endangering her life – in her home on August 20 last year.

Sentencing was deferred for a background report.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that Manson and the woman had "problems with alcohol" and that Manson had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress following a spell in the army.

Mr Carty told Sheriff Margaret Neilson: "There is a significant history between him and the woman and both have significant difficulties with alcohol.

"When they don't drink, they are never a problem. He cannot recall what happened. I accept this cannot be dealt with other than by a custodial sentence."

The court heard the woman suffered five separate head injuries causing bruising to the brain and requiring 30 staples.

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