Thug is caged af­ter at­tack on girl­friends

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A Cle­land man who as­saulted two girl­friends has been jailed for 31 months af­ter a sher­iff branded his con­duct “ap­palling”.

Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court heard that Kenneth Din­nell, 33, of Omoa Road, turned vi­o­lent af­ter ac­cus­ing the women of see­ing other men.

He ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing one woman on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions at ad­dresses in Chapel­hall be­tween Jan­uary 2007 and Septem­ber 2008.

Din­nell also ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing a sec­ond woman at an ad­dress in Ren­frew, his home in Cle­land and else­where on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions be­tween De­cem­ber 2015 and Oc­to­ber 2017. He fur­ther ad­mit­ted send­ing the woman threat­en­ing and abu­sive mes­sages.

De­fence agent Nicky Mat­teo said Din­nell had been por­trayed by the pros­e­cu­tion as “jeal­ous and con­trol­ling”, but he claimed there were “two sides to the story”.

The so­lic­i­tor pro­duced what he de­scribed as “pow­er­ful” tes­ti­mo­ni­als from fam­ily mem­bers and friends which showed a “very dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter”.

Mr Mat­teo also told the court that po­lice do­mes­tic abuse of­fi­cers had con­tacted sev­eral other women with whom Din­nell had been in a re­la­tion­ship. None of them had any is­sues of con­cern.

He de­scribed the two re­la­tion­ships at the cen­tre of the court case as “volatile” and pointed out that the sec­ond vic­tim had con­tin­ued to see Din­nell af­ter he was charged in Oc­to­ber last year.

Morag Mclin­tock, pros­e­cut­ing, told Sher­iff Daniel Kelly that the first vic­tim wished the court to im­pose a non-ha­rass­ment or­der to pre­vent her ex-part­ner from try­ing to con­tact her in the fu­ture.

How­ever, the sec­ond woman did not wish such a mea­sure to be put in place. Pass­ing sen­tence, Sher­iff Kelly pointed out that, while Din­nell had never pre­vi­ously been con­victed of vi­o­lence against women, he had con­vic­tions for se­ri­ous as­sault and breach of the peace in­volv­ing a knife.

The sher­iff told him: “Both women were sub­jected to ap­palling be­hav­iour.

“Given the sever­ity of the charges and the length of time over which the of­fences oc­curred, cus­tody is the only ap­pro­pri­ate sen­tence.”

Din­nell was also handed a five-year non-ha­rass­ment or­der in re­spect of the first woman.

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