South Scotland

Selkirk attacker threaten to kill himself if bailed

A man told police he would kill himself if given bail after admitting an attack on a former partner, a court has heard.

Evander MacRae, 44, dragged Sharron Roberts by her hair from a bed at her home in Selkirk during the assault, Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard.

MacRae, of Selkirk, pleaded guilty to entering Ms Roberts' bedroom at 05:00 on Tuesday and attacking her.

Sheriff Donald Corke said MacRae should be remanded in custody to protect the accused and others.

The court heard that MacRae repeatedly attempted to strike Ms Roberts on the head and body and caused her to fall against a bath.

He also admitted a second charge of threatening and abusive behaviour and causing damage to the house by throwing household items.

Procurator fiscal Morag McLintock said that MacRae had told police and court officers that if he was released from custody he intended to kill himself.

Sheriff Corke asked for a psychiatric assessment to be prepared for when the case next appears in court on 16 January.

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