A WOMAN ran into the street “screaming and crying” after a row with her partner, a court heard.

Tranent man Martin Ellard has been placed on a restriction of liberty order after he admitted behaving aggressively towards his partner.

Ellard, of Carlaverock Avenue, had been drinking alcohol and argued with his girlfriend at his home before the woman fled the property.

Neighbours had heard the pair shouting before the woman ran from the home out into the street seeking help during the incident in July.

The woman was said to have been “screaming and crying” following the clash with Ellard and it took an intervention from a passer-by to calm the situation down.

Police were called out to the disturbance at about 8.45pm to find the woman still out in the street, where she was described as being “upset and distressed”. Ellard, 29, was then traced and arrested by police at about 1.30am the following day and soon admitted the altercation.

The construction worker appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month, where he pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by shouting, swearing and acting aggressively towards his girlfriend at his home address on July 8.

He returned to court for sentencing last Wednesday, where Sheriff Peter McCormack placed him on an 81-day restriction of liberty order.

The court order means that Ellard will be electronically tagged and must stay within his home between the hours of 9pm and 6am each day.

Ellard also admitted a second similar charge during last week’s court appearance, pleading guilty to behaving aggressively towards the same woman on February 21.

Fiscal depute Mark Keane said that on that occasion the pair were within Ellard’s car at Newbigging, Musselburgh, when “a verbal altercation” broke out and the woman felt she could not continue with the relationship.

She made her way to Musselburgh Sports Centre to use the gym but when she left the facility later “the accused followed her” despite being told “to leave her alone”.

Again, a passer-by heard the woman’s distress and called in the police.