Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Mike Mc­quaid

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.”

Con­cerns Morn­ing­side res­i­dents pre­vi­ously protested against the new homes ap­pli­ca­tion

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