A MAN who threatened to “carve up” his girlfriend in her Musselburgh home has been sentenced.

Richard Mackie made the threat to the woman during a drunken row last year.

Mackie appeared at the woman’s home on the town’s Mansfield Place and soon began verbally abusing and threatening her.

Mackie, from Edinburgh, then threatened to kill the woman but she managed to escape and run from the house and reach help from a neighbour.

She then reported the incident to the police and, on arrival, officers arrested and charged 45-year-old Mackie.

He admitted the offence during a court hearing in Edinburgh last July and Sheriff John Cook told him sentence was being deferred for him to stay out of trouble.

Last Thursday, Sheriff Cook was told that Mackie had been of good behaviour since his last court appearance and the sheriff decided to hand the offender an admonition.

Defending solicitor Stephen Mannifield had told the court that the relationship between the pair was “firmly over” and Mackie “does not want to resume it”.

Mr Mannifield said that both parties had been shouting and swearing at each other during the incident.

The solicitor said that this was Mackie’s first criminal conviction and there had been “no physical violence involved” during the row.

Mackie admitted to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing, refusing to leave and uttering threats of violence towards the woman at an address at Mansfield Place, Musselburgh, on June 4 last year.