A MAN who hurt his girlfriend as they wrestled over her mobile phone when she received messages from other men tried to hide in a loft in a failed bid to evade police.

Steven Logan, of Kennedy Drive, Dunure, pleaded guilty to assault after striking her with his elbow as they wrestled for the device at Braehead Road, Ayr on July 29 this year.

Logan also admitted culpable and reckless conduct after causing a glass to knock into the woman’s face in the Prestwick Pioneer pub on August 21, 2021.

Fiscal depute Rosslyn Walsh told Ayr Sheriff Court: “The accused and witness were in bedroom while he was in possession of a mobile phone and was asked to give it back.”

The court heard both started ‘wrestling’ over the device, before she was struck on the lip.

Ms Walsh added: “The accused tried making his way out the window into the garden with the phone.

"The complainer tried to grab the phone.

“The accused then pulled her and they both ended up in the garden.”

Police were called and found Logan hiding in the loft.

Sheriff Siobhan Connelly said: “This is just appalling behaviour. I take this matter seriously.”

Logan was placed under community payback order for two years and will also have to take part in the Caledonia Project’s men’s programme.

He was also handed a non-harassment order under which he must not contact, approach or attempt to contact or approach the victim for two years.