A MAN who admitted assaulting his partner to her injury in the Borders has been ordered to carry out 90 hours of unpaid work at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Curtis Watters, 28, pleaded guilty to uttering threats towards the woman at a house in Kenilworth Avenue, Galashiels, and causing her to fall to the ground on October 19. She hit her head against a pram to her injury.

The court heard that Watters had been drinking and refused to take two children to school and told them to put their pyjamas back on.

This prompted an argument with his partner at the time who he has an eight-month-old child with.

Depute fiscal Miriam Clark said: "He threatened to slit her throat. He pushed her back out of the kitchen into the living room and she hit her face on a pram causing a bruise.

"A couple of days later she was challenged by her father about the injury and he encouraged her to report the incident."

Defence lawyer Mat Patrick admitted it was an "unsavoury incident" which marked the end of the couple's relationship.

He continued: "He accepts he was drinking too much at the time but has sorted himself out since then.

"He has been on bail since October with the condition not to enter Hawick."

Sheriff Peter Paterson imposed a Community Payback Order involving 90 hours unpaid work as an alternative to a fine.

A non-harassment order was also imposed preventing any contact between Watters and his ex-partner apart from a telephone call regarding their child.