A DOMESTIC offender asked a Wee County sheriff to alter his court sentence – so he could continue playing darts.

Stuart Gillies asked his representative to make the submission during his sentencing hearing at Alloa Sheriff Court on Thursday, March 19.

His solicitor admitted the suggestion would not impress the Sheriff David Hall, when he addressed the court.

Gillies, 44, appeared in relation to two matters, both of which involved assaults on his former partners.

The first was committed on October 7 last year, when one of the complainers came to his property on Main Street, Sauchie, for a few drinks.

When she tried to leave, fiscal depute Paul Jamieson said Gillies "became aggressive" and punched her in the face.

Police were called, and when they showed up Gillies recklessly threw a bottle in their direction, and became abusive towards them after being taken to Falkirk Police Office.

He was also found to be in possession of 13grammes of cannabis, valued at £40.

As well as that incident, Gillies also appeared in court for another assault upon another partner.

The second incident took place at Drysdale & Sons pub in Alloa on January 18 this year.

He admitted assaulting a former partner there by seizing her body and pulling her off a bar stool.

After narrations of both offences were read out, solicitor Larissa Milligan addressed the court on the contents of an abysmal criminal justice social work report prepared in respect of her client.

She said it should be noted Gillies suffers from "mood swings" due to a rare condition called Addison's Disease, which may explain his attitude when discussing the offences with a social worker.

In response, Sheriff David Hall sarcastically said: "In many ways he's the unluckiest man in the world – women just set him up."

Ms Milligan replied: "He sometimes focuses on what others have done to him, rather than his own behaviour."

Then, referring to the incident at his home, she claimed there were blows thrown by both sides – and produced images of injuries her client sustained to the sheriff.

In relation to the other incident, Ms Milligan said the complainer "squeezed" her client's "infected finger" – leading to him assaulting her.

And returning to the social work report, she said: "He does appreciate he isn't making any friends with the court by displaying a callous attitude.

"And I appreciate the court will not be impressed with his suggestion that any order should be varied to allow him to play darts."

Sheriff Hall ultimately imposed a community payback order, requiring Gillies to undergo supervision for one year.

He also imposed a restriction of liberty order, confining him to his address between 7pm and 7am for four months.

A non-harassment order preventing him from communicating, or attempting to communicate, with the first complainer was also put in place for one year.

Sentencing in relation to the incident in the pub was deferred for four months to allow him to be of good behaviour, and special bail conditions preventing him for contacting that complainer will remain in place for that period.