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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 18:43 GMT
Cartoonist admits punching wife
Malky McCormick
Malky McCormick pled guilty to charges at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court
One of Scotland's leading cartoonists has admitted assaulting his wife.

Malky McCormick, 63, repeatedly punched his wife, Ann, on the head after they started arguing at their Ayrshire home because she could not get to sleep.

Sentence was deferred at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court for good behaviour and McCormick was granted bail.

The court heard that the cartoonist, of Waterside, was seeking help after a number of personal tragedies and that his wife was prepared to take him back.

McCormick, who was charged under his full name of Donald Malcolm McCormick, admitted assaulting his wife by punching her repeatedly on the head, seizing and pushing her to her injury at their home on 7 February.

'Tragic events'

Three years ago the couple's 20-year-old son was left brain damaged after a brutal attack outside a Kilmarnock nightclub.

The court was told that McCormick reacted bitterly to the sentences given to his attackers.

Gordon Gibb, 19, was jailed for three years and nine months and his 38-year-old father, also Gordon, was given six months for the assault on Sean McCormick, who suffered a fractured skull and is still in hospital.

Sheriff Seith Ireland told McCormick: "Life deals everyone a hard hand from time to time and you have been dealt a particularly hard one, but on this occasion you snapped and took it out on your wife.

"Just make sure you behave yourself and any special help you need to deal with the tragic events of the last few years, you take it."

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