Abuser guilty

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Alis­tair McNeill

A se­rial do­mes­tic abuser is fac­ing jail for at­tack­ing three for­mer part­ners at houses in La­nark­shire in­clud­ing in Ruther­glen.

Thirty-three-year-old Alan Hut­ton pleaded guilty on Mon­day to three as­sault to in­jury charges in­volv­ing the women.

A se­rial do­mes­tic abuser is fac­ing jail for at­tack­ing three for­mer part­ners at houses in La­nark­shire in­clud­ing in Ruther­glen.

Thirty-three-year-old Alan Hut­ton pleaded guilty on Mon­day to three as­sault to in­jury charges in­volv­ing the three women when he ap­peared at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court.

The of­fences in­volved for­mer part­ner Jen­nifer Bris­bane at houses in Ruther­glen and East Kil­bride be­tween July 2004 and January 2007, Karen McCul­loch at house in Stone­house be­tween March and July 2008, and Emma Mur­ray at a house in Larkhall be­tween January 2015 and July 2016.

Fis­cal de­pute Michael Mac­in­tosh told Sher­iff Ray Small that Ms Bris­bane re­called Hut­ton as be­ing vi­o­lent dur­ing their re­la­tion­ship.

In one in­ci­dent Hut­ton took hold of her neck and ap­plied pres­sure to it. Ms Bris­bane took hold of his pri­vate parts and Hut­ton re­sponded by bit­ing her cheek.

The wit­ness rec­ol­lected that the bite broke the skin but did not re­sult in bleed­ing.

She also re­mem­bered be­ing pushed on to a coffee ta­ble af­ter she had asked him to leave. Hut­ton also head­but­ted her on an­other oc­ca­sion when she asked him to leave.

The re­la­tion­ship ended on January 2007 af­ter vi­o­lence had be­come a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence, said the fis­cal de­pute.

Ms McCul­loch and Ms Mur­ray also re­called sev­eral in­ci­dents. Ms McCul­loch said Hut­ton strangled her, head­but­ted her and bit her on the cheek.

Hut­ton’s agent Jack­son Bate­man told Sher­iff Ray Small his client’s record was punc­tu­ated by short-term sen­tences.

He said Hut­ton is cur­rently out of prison on li­cence on a charge of cul­pa­ble con­duct, in which he had poured petrol within a flat in Larkhall. Hut­ton had been jailed in Novem­ber for this of­fence.

De­fer­ring sen­tence on Hut­ton un­til Au­gust 31 for a crim­i­nal jus­tice so­cial work re­port and re­stric­tion of lib­erty or­der, Sher­iff Small ob­served he had“a bad record for do­mes­tic mat­ters”in which a num­ber of women had been sub­jected to vi­o­lence.

While it was pos­si­ble Hut­ton would re­ceive a cus­to­dial term for the of­fences, Sher­iff Small added he was pre­pared to re­lease him on bail un­til that date for up­dates on his progress while out on li­cence and on the Change Do­mes­tic Abuse Pro­gramme – and for con­sid­er­a­tion of a Crown mo­tion for a non-har­rass­ment or­der.

He was bailed to his fa­ther’s house in Broom Crescent, East Kil­bride.

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