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Moray attacker imprisoned for girlfriend assault

By Alistair Whitfield

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A 35-year-old man has been jailed for eight months for repeatedly punching and kicking his partner in the head and body.

Colin Campbell was sentenced today at Inverness Sheriff Court after being found guilty following a trial.

As Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood pronounced the verdict, the defendant shook his head and replied: "I am not guilty" before being led away to begin his sentence.

The sentence was backdated to July 10, the date two days after the assault when Campbell was taken into custody.

Campbell's former girlfriend told the court that she and Campbell had been drinking on a bus journey from Elgin to Kingussie where she lived.

An argument then broke out at her flat over an expensive mountain bike belonging to Campbell, which he said had gone missing.

Questioned by fiscal depute Rowena Carlton, the woman said: "I ran into the bedroom and he came after me. He was punching and kicking me on the head and body. He bit my finger which was bleeding. He slapped me and pulled my hair.

"It was coming out in the ambulance and I was taken to hospital. I had a swollen face and was concussed."

The court heard that police were called and found Campbell some hours later hiding in a bush with cuts to his hands, swollen red knuckles and grazes to his legs.

Campbell of Jameson Drive, Elgin, denied assaulting his ex-partner and claimed someone else must have done it as he had left the flat in distress about the missing bike.

He said his injuries had been caused by nettles and branches in the bushes.

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