North-east man, 67, jailed for inflicting decades of physical abuse on wife

Dundee Sheriff Court

A pensioner who subjected his wife to nearly 30 years of “untold distress and suffering” has been sentenced to three years in jail.

John Ormond was found guilty of 12 charges related to the physical abuse of his wife over a period of almost three decades – including on their wedding night and while she was pregnant with twins.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that from the earliest stages of their relationship the 67-year-old would physically assault his victim.

On their wedding night at their home in Montrose in August 1980 Ormond repeatedly punched and kicked his victim to the head and body, pulled her hair and ripped her clothing.

In May of 1984, Ormond assaulted his victim in bed when she was pregnant. He repeatedly kicked her and seized her by the hair and pulled her out of their bed. She was taken to hospital and later gave birth to stillborn twins.

The court also heard that Ormond targeted children.

He made repeated threats to slit one boy’s throat and he assaulted him on a number of occasions. In one incident in the early 90s Ormond kicked him to the ground and made homophobic remarks because the child had been skipping down the pavement in excitement at having been given a new pair of jeans.

Anne Marie Hicks, National Procurator Fiscal for Domestic Abuse, said: “I would like to commend John Ormond’s victims for having the courage to come forward and for their bravery in helping bring him to justice.

“Ormond’s violent conduct, which lasted almost three decades, has caused untold distress and suffering.”

Detective Constable Susan Teare, of the Domestic Abuse Task Force, said: “The victims in this case should be commended for their bravery in coming forward during the police investigation.

“He had previously been found guilty of assaulting one partner and one child over a period of 26 years, his offending going back as far as 1978.

“This sentence highlights Police Scotland’s ongoing commitment to tackling domestic abuse and abuse towards children, regardless of when it has taken place.”