A THUG tried offered his ex-lover £2,300 to drop his domestic abuse charges towards him.

Anthony Sweeney turned on the woman between March 2020 and October 2021.

The 23-year-old hit his victim with pencils and pens as well as striking her head against a bus shelter.

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Sweeney breached a court order not to contact the victim by calling her up and bribing her with the cash he already owed.

Sweeney pleaded guilty today at Glasgow Sheriff Court to eight charges which included assaulting the woman and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner. Most of the incidents occured in the city's Castlemilk. 

The court heard Sweeney first struck just after the March 2020 lockdown.

Sweeney "prodded" a bookies pen into the victim's arm and leg before damaging furniture.

The outburst took place in front of a two-year-old boy who was in the room.

Months later, the victim was waiting at a bus stop when she was approached by Sweeney.

Prosecutor Lesley Chambers said: "He struck her to the head causing her head to hit off the bus stop.

"He then dragged her to the floor by the hair."

The brave woman fought back and was momentarily able to overpower him.

But, Sweeney grabbed her hand and bent it back causing bruising and swelling to her wrist.

She was then shoved on to the bus by Sweeney before it took off.

The hearing was told Sweeney also made verbal threats to her stating: "I'm going to slit your throat" after initially calling her requesting the return his games console.

Sweeney was initially arrested at his home in Mount Florida where he also went on a tirade of abuse to police officers.

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Sweeney had made attempts to head butt and bite an officer.

He was released on bail and told not to contact the victim in any way.

Sweeney called the victim over a week later but it was answered by her new partner.

He told him: "Get (the woman) to drop the charges and I'll give her the £2,300 I owe her" which was overheard by the woman.

Sweeney was arrested again and hit with further bail conditions not to contact the woman which were ignored.

He stated that he was in love with her and that she was "still his."

In another call he threatened to kill the woman and her partner.

Sweeney eventually handed himself into police in February 2022 when he was held in custody.

Susan Gibson, defending, will make her plea in mitigation at next month's sentencing.

Sheriff Joan Kerr continued Sweeney's remand in custody pending background reports.