A SAUCHIE man who assaulted his former partner and shouted abuse at her has been given the opportunity to prove he can behave himself.

Jamie Hillhouse, 20, of Gartmorn Road, Sauchie, appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court on Thursday, October 4, for sentencing, having previously pleaded guilty to the charges of assault and abusive behaviour.

On July 27 this year, at a property on Ashley Terrace, Alloa, he did shout, swear, utter threatening and abusive remarks, before assaulting the woman by pushing her and causing her to fall.

Hillhouse's solicitor claimed their client suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and during the incident on July 27 he had been taking illegal drugs to self-treat his condition.

The lawyer said: "My client appears as a first offender and someone who's experienced behavioural problems as a result of ADHD, and at the time had taken the decision to stop taking his medication and had been self-medicating with cannabis.

"His behaviour had been turning and that made him realise that was not appropriate and was making his behaviour worse.

"He has since stopped taking cannabis and is taking his medication again."

The solicitor continued: "He is described in the report as embarrassed and disgusted and shows remorse for what's happened."

Sheriff David Mackie claimed Hillhouse's lack of any previous convictions and medical situation at the time were important factors to the case.

He said: "You have found yourself in court with an otherwise blameless record, and there are important mitigating factors.

"It's no excuse because you're still responsible for your actions, but the court should take note of that."

Hillhouse's sentencing was deferred for four months to allow him to be of good behaviour, and to prepare further reports for the court.