Bo’ness soldier set partner’s pants on fire

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An ex-soldier blamed post-traumatic stress disorder for attacking his partner and setting a box of her underwear on fire.

Daniel Hutchison admitted assaulting Navada Mungall in his home on March 30 after a row about whether they could afford a night out.

The 43-year-old, who was exposed as a ‘Walter Mitty’ character by a national newspaper after claiming he was a veteran who had been blown up by a boobytrap bomb in Afghanistan, appeared for sentence at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday. Army records show he was a clerk, but that did not stop him making his bogus boasts on social media.

When he was caught out, he admitted he did it to impress women.

After he lost is temper in the house at 3 Union Court, Bo’ness, he grabbed Ms Mungall by her clothing, pushed and pulled her causing her to strike her head on a wall and fall down. Hutchison then threw a box of her lingerie, which she had packed earlier intending to go back to her own house, out into the street and set it alight.

Defence lawyer Simon Hutchison said the incident was a “one off” and Hutchison has no previous convictions.

The lawyer claimed: “There were difficulties between the parties at the time including her trying to deal with the stress of losing her ex-husband suddenly and his suffering from PTSD. She contacted the procurator fiscal later asking for the complaint to be withdrawn and they are still together.”

Sheriff John Mundy deferred sentence on Hutchison, who now works as store detective, until October 17.