A carpenter who beat up his wife, who kept his books, after discovering thousands of pounds missing from his account, was spared jail.
Christopher Currie, 39, became enraged when he found there was only £ 1,800 left in his business account, despite having reckoned it was £ 8,000.
He then found that HMRC was pursuing him over a £ 5,000 tax bill, the Stirling Sheriff Court was told.
His lawyer Marco Buonaccorsi said, “He started drinking and using cannabis, and as he got more and more drunk, he used more and more cannabis and got more and more angry.”
He said to his wife, Louise, “You are a rat, a bastard and a con man” and launched a lengthy attack.
The incident began at around 1am on August 28 at the couple’s home in Fallin, Stirlingshire, after making friends.
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Prosecutor Sarah Smith said, “He woke her up, dragged her arm out of bed and onto the stairs.
“She lay there screaming.
“Finally she was able to go back to bed, but he woke her up at seven in the morning and grabbed her arm again.
“He pulled her out of bed by the hair and she hit her head against the bed frame.”
He slapped her face several times.
Miss Smith said, “She curled up in a ball to protect herself and he stomped on the back of her head.”
The court heard that a nine-year-old boy was in the room during the attack.
The police were called, “arrived shortly” and Currie was arrested.
Loiuise suffered “redness and bruises”.
Currie admitted injuring her and committing a legal breach of the peace.
Mr Buonaccorsi said Currie resigned from a job he had at the time believing he had £ 8,000 in the bank.
When he found out there weren’t any, “he saw red”.
The attorney added, “Essentially, his wife was in control of the family’s finances and also made Mr. Currie’s books.
“On the day of the incident, he tried to access his online banking, but he couldn’t.
“He asked his wife for the password and informed him that she had actually closed all the windows in the house before giving it to him, expecting there would be an argument.
“He’s lost his temper.
“He knows how close he is to prison today.”
Sheriff Keith O’Mahony sentenced Currie to 300 hours of unpaid labor and placed him under social education supervision for 30 months.
He also ordered him to participate in the Caledonian Men’s Project’s domestic violence reduction program.
He said to him: “I am convinced under all circumstances, but only just barely, that this can be managed by way of community disposal.”