A BRUTE who broke his partner's nose in a vicious attack after she admitted cheating on him has been cleared of trying to murder her.

Scott Reid, 38, punched Wendy Yeoman at their East Renfrewshire home on March 8, 2020.

He was also accused of attempting to kill the mum-of-two by stabbing her in the neck with a kitchen knife.

However, a jury today found him not guilty of that charge.

Giving evidence during a trial at the High Court in Livingston, Ms Yeoman said Reid had left her scarred for life by inflicting the severe injury after she admitted having a 'one night stand' with another man.

However, Reid told the jury that she accidentally inflicted the stab wound after holding the knife to her throat and threatening to harm herself during a drunken argument.

He admitted punching her twice in the face but claimed he had acted under provocation because she had punched and slapped him.

Reid, who works as a car, boat and jet-ski salesman, said he had tried to take the knife off her but they both fell to the floor and she ended up bleeding heavily from her neck.

The jury was shown photographs of the kitchen at their luxury bungalow in Ayr Road, Newton Mearns, with blood splattered on the floor.

Forensic experts found no blood in the garden and CCTV footage did not support Ms Yeoman’s claim that Reid had ran back into the house after stabbing her outside.

The court also heard how Reid and project manager Ms Yeoman both got in his car after she suffered the neck wound and, a short time later, he crashed it into an off-duty policeman’s house.

Reid claimed he got behind the wheel because he was desperate to rush his badly-injured partner to hospital.

However, he lost control of his powerful BMW while driving on the wrong side of the road and slammed it into the playroom and front porch of a house.

Reid then ran off, leaving Ms Yeoman in the wreckage with multiple rib fractures and cuts and bruises caused by the airbags, her seatbelt and broken glass.

The jury took just over four hours to return a majority verdict finding him not guilty of the attempted murder charge, with judge Alison Stirling also directing them to find him not guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of the knife after the crash.

However, Reid was convicted of assaulting Ms Yeoman to her severe injury by punching her on the face and of causing serious injury to her by driving dangerously while more than twice the legal alcohol limit.

He had denied all of the charges and lodged a special defence stating he committed the driving offences out of necessity.

Sentencing was deferred until November 8 so that background reports can be prepared.

Reid, of Springkell Avenue, Glasgow, has been disqualified from driving in the meantime, with the length of the ban to be decided later.