Bride fled hotel room naked after groom assaulted her at wedding reception

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A bride fled her hotel room "hysterical and naked" after being assaulted by her groom at their wedding reception in Scotland.

Melissa Kirby fled the room she was sharing with Alexander Tulloch after he reportedly punched her repeatedly, pinned her to the bed and put his hand over her face.

The former Come Dine With Me contestant was seen by other guests completely naked at the reception of the Kingsmill Hotel in Inverness and called the police.

Mr Tulloch admitted the attack at the Inverness Sheriff Court and was told he could face jail.

The couple, both 37, had got married in Mauritius just before Christmas and came home for the reception at the hotel in Scotland in February.

According to the Inverness Courier, prosecutor Kelly Mitchell said: "The complainer was taken up to her room by a friend. When entering the room the accused was lying on the bed. She had said something to him about his sister and it caused him annoyance."

Ms Mitchell said Tulloch started punching her and there was a struggle.

She added: "He pinned her down by his knees before proceeding to put his hand over her mouth and nose. The complainer was struggling to breath.

"She managed to wriggle free and ran to reception. She was completely naked and hysterical. She had bruising but did not need hospital treatment."

Mr Tulloch's lawyer, Marc Dickson, told the Daily Record: "He accepts he should not have reacted in this way. Both had taken alcohol and he snapped. It has never happened before."

Dickson added that there were "considerable bridges to be built" and that Tulloch was staying with his mum while Melissa was in the marital home in Inverness.

Sheriff Andrew Webster told Tulloch: "I cannot dispose of your case today. There's a possibility that there may be a custodial sentence for you because of this. But I take into account the fact that this is the first crime that you have committed of this nature."

Sentence was deferred until 8 May.

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