BULLY IS SENT DOWN AGAIN

Man jailed for ear­lier as­sault on for­mer lover

Wishaw Press - - SHERIFF COURT - Court Re­porter

A Wishaw se­cu­rity boss has been jailed for the sec­ond time for car­ry­ing out a cam­paign of ter­ror against a for­mer lover.

Gra­ham Lang, 47, was put be­hind bars for 42 months af­ter he pinned the woman down while hold­ing a knife to her throat.

Lang ac­cused his 32-year-old vic­tim of be­ing un­faith­ful.

The for­mer se­cu­rity firm area man­ager told the woman he would maim her sis­ter if she had been cheat­ing.

He pinned her down and had sex with her de­spite her protests be­fore drag­ging her out­side to a shed and throw­ing ham­mers at her

He had ear­lier been jailed at the High Court for five years for a vi­cious as­sault which saw the woman leap from a win­dow to escape in 2012.

But she bravely told po­lice about an ear­lier at­tack in 2009 and he was ar­rested days be­fore he was due to be freed.

Lang went on trial at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court where he de­nied as­sault­ing the woman with in­tent to rape at his for­mer home in June 2009.

But he was con­victed by a jury and jailed by Sher­iff Douglas Brown.

The woman told the jury how she had been left ter­ri­fied by the brute.

Giv­ing tear­ful ev­i­dence from be­hind screens, she said: “It started when he came in from work and he had been sit­ting read­ing ev­ery­thing on my phone and ac­cused me of cheat­ing.

“He said, ‘I knew you were a slap­per but I can’t be­lieve you have done this to me. You are go­ing to feel the pain I feel’.

“He dragged me down­stairs and told me to sit down on the floor and said I was get­ting the chance to tell the truth and if I didn’t he was go­ing to slit my sis­ter’s throat.

“He went and got a block of kitchen knives and pressed the blunt side against my neck be­fore he tried to stran­gle me be­cause he didn’t be­lieve me.”

She added: “He took me out­side and told me to stand with my back against the wall and if I didn’t flinch he knew he could trust me.

“He then started fling­ing ham­mers at my head and when I did flinch he said he had to throw some more which clipped my head.

“We then went back into the house and he asked if I wanted a cup of tea.

“Even though it was nearly 10 years ago I still have flash­backs about what he did, I thought I was go­ing to die.”

Lang de­nied all wrong­do­ing and said, while he re­gret­ted as­sault­ing her in 2012, the ear­lier in­ci­dent had not hap­pened.

He said: “I don’t think I was a very pleas­ant per­son to be around in 2012 and I’m sorry ev­ery day for what I did to her but what she is say­ing hap­pened just didn’t.

“No­body had ever ac­cused me of as­sault­ing her with in­tent to rape un­til I came out of prison, it just isn’t true.”

Ad­vo­cate Ge­off Forbes, de­fend­ing, said: “There is noth­ing I can say about the of­fences other than he will have to ac­cept the ver­dict of the jury.

“It is his in­ten­tion on re­turn to prison to en­gage in the ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties and to emerge to make a fresh start.”

Sher­iff Brown said: “You will ap­pre­ci­ate that be­cause of the seriousness of the of­fence a sub­stan­tial pe­riod of im­pris­on­ment is nec­es­sary.”

Lang was placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter in­def­i­nitely. .

Be­hind bars Gra­ham Lang was jailed at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court

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