Trial for man accused of endangering partner’s life

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Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background

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A man is to stand trial accused of abducting his partner and subjecting her to a brutal assault that “endangered her life”.

Donald Winter is accused of detaining his partner against her will at an address in Forfar, Angus.

He is then alleged to have locked windows and doors to prevent her from leaving before launching a violent attack.

Prosecutors say he assaulted the victim, shouted, swore, emptied clothes on the floor then flushed makeup down the toilet.

He is then said to have grabbed her by the face, pushed her face into the floor, repeatedly kicked her, placed both his hands round her neck and strangled her.

Winter is accused of then chasing her into the garden of the property, repeatedly grabbing her by the body and pulling her back into the flat, causing her to fall to the floor, brandishing a bottle, and smashing plates and a bottle.

He is further said to have thrown a clothes horse at her, repeatedly punched her on the head and body, uttered threats of violence, thrown a chair or similar item at her and thrown her to the ground to her injury and to the danger of her life.

Winter, 43, of Green Street, Forfar, denies a charge on indictment of abduction and assault to the danger of life.

Sheriff Gregor Murray continued the case to a trial date later this month.