THUG USED TOWEL IN HIS BID TO STRANGLE WOMAN
A man who tried to strangle his partner with a towel has been jailed for more than two years.
It’s the ninth time Greig Owens has been convicted of a domestic abuse charge involving the same woman.
Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that despite the violence the couple “can’t leave each other alone”.
Owens, 43, a prisoner, admitted assaulting the woman to her injury at her home in Innerleithen Drive, Coltness, on July 1 this year.
Paula Russell, prosecuting, said the pair have been in a relationship for 26 years but there has been a history of domestic abuse and Owens has previously been jailed for threatening behaviour.
On the day in question t h e y had been drinking and Owens accused his victim of stealing money from him. She denied this but he punched her,
splitting her lip. A row followed and she ended up on the floor, but recovered and punched Owen.
He then grabbed a towel from a radiator, put it round her neck and tried to strangle her, but she punched him again, broke free and ran outside where she dialled 999 from a phone box.
Police arrived to find the woman bleeding and in a distressed state, but she didn’t require hospital treatment.
Defence agent Margaret Chalmers said drink was at the heart of the couple’s problems. She claimed there were times when Owens was the victim, but he never wanted to involve the police. The solicitor added: “They can’t live together but can’t leave each other alone.
“She has health difficulties and contacts my client constantly. He always tries to offer her support and they socialise together. However, he might be advised, no matter what he feels for her, that it’s best that they stay apart.”
Sheriff David Bicket jailed Owens for two years and three months, backdated to July 2 as he has been in custody since then. The sheriff told him: “An attempt to strangle someone is extremely serious.”
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