A BRUTE has been ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community after he assaulted his partner with a pram.

Michael Stevens, 32, lashed out at Pauline Stevens at her home in Maple Drive, Johnstone.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard how the boozed-up dad punched her and then threw the pram, which struck her on the head.

The assault took place in the early hours of the morning on May 2.

Stevens and the victim had been at her home with a friend but violence erupted as he became increasingly intoxicated.

At 2.15am, Ms Stevens asked her partner and the friend to leave and both did.

Just over an hour later, Ms Stevens went to the kitchen and noticed Stevens had returned and was on the veranda.

She asked him to go to sleep on the couch and returned upstairs but, minutes later, he went into her room and punched her on the head while she lay in bed.

As Ms Stevens tried to move away from him, he threw the pram at her.

She then called the police but Stevens continued the assault by throwing various objects at her, including drinking glasses, while she was on the phone.

Stevens fled the scene but was later traced by officers, arrested and taken to a police station, where he was charged and made no reply.

He was released from custody on an undertaking, with conditions in place preventing him from entering the Maple Drive property.

Stevens, of Greenock, admitted an assault charge at a previous court hearing earlier this year, with Sheriff Lindsay Kooner deferring sentence so that a criminal justice social work report could be provided.

When the accused returned to the dock to learn his fate, a Community Payback Order was imposed that will see him complete 135 hours of unpaid work within a year.

He will also be under supervision for 15 months and a review of his progress is due to take place in January.