BACKGROUND reports have been ordered into a 33-year-old man who admitted assaulting his partner at a house in Hawick.

Sebastian Szyler appeared from custody at Selkirk Sheriff Court and pleaded guilty to pushing the woman on the body, seizing her neck, spitting in her face and slapping her face to her injury.

He also behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and swearing and making threats of violence.

The offences happened at a house in Wilson Drive, Hawick, on Sunday.

Sheriff David Hall called for a Criminal Justice Social Work Reporter and a Restriction of Liberty Order assessment and deferred sentence on Szyler of Weensland Road, Hawick, until June 10.

He was released on bail with special conditions not to enter Wilson Drive or contact his partner.