At­tack left ex badly in­jured

Sher­iff slams thug over ‘ap­palling’ record

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Bert Hous­ton

A man has ad­mit­ted a string of of­fences in­clud­ing at­tack­ing his ex-part­ner to her se­vere in­jury.

Dayne Earl was told by Sher­iff Brian Mo­han: “Your record is ap­palling at the age of 22 – you’ve caused your fam­ily no end of grief for years.”

The sher­iff added: “Your mother has not given up on you and some­thing has to change in you.”

He told Earl – who is serv­ing a sen­tence which will keep him in prison un­til Fe­bru­ary – that he would give him a chance on his re­lease.

But he would have to come back be­fore the court a cou­ple of months af­ter he was freed to show he could com­ply with the sen­tence.

The sher­iff made Earl the sub­ject of a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with con­di­tions of su­per­vi­sion for two years and 200 hours of un­paid work, as well as or­der­ing him to pay com­pen­sa­tion of £500.

The sher­iff also im­posed a non­ha­rass­ment or­der for 12 months.

Earl, a pris­oner at Bar­lin­nie, Glas­gow, had ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing his ex at a petrol fill­ing sta­tion in Dum­fries in Jan­uary by hit­ting her on the head to her se­vere in­jury.

He also ad­mit­ted shout­ing and swear­ing at her at Cale­do­nian Place in Dum­fries be­tween Au­gust and Novem­ber last year and smash­ing her mo­bile phone against a wall.

In ad­di­tion he pleaded guilty to breach­ing a bail con­di­tion not to con­tact her by shout­ing and swear­ing at her at the Eden Mu­sic Fes­ti­val at Rae­hills, near Moffat, in June.

The court had heard the two had been in a re­la­tion­ship and were so­cial­is­ing when the as­sault took place in Jan­uary.

Earl had claimed the as­sault was his re­ac­tion af­ter she bit him and the court heard he was ashamed of him­self.

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