A 67 year-old man who subjected his wife to decades of abuse 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.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard that from the earliest stages of their relationship Ormond would physically assault his victim; this would include grabbing her, pushing her to the ground and repeatedly kicking her on the body.
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 following an argument. She was taken to hospital the next day and later gave birth to stillborn twins.
The court also heard that Ormond’s children, who are now adults, were victims of his abuse. He made repeated threats to slit his son’s throat and he assaulted him on a number of occasions.
In one incident in the early nineties, when his son was around five years old, 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.
Speaking following the sentencing, 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.
“Violent and abusive behaviour is never acceptable and we strongly encourage anyone who has been a victim of any such offences, no matter when they occurred, to report this to the police.
“COPFS are committed to prosecuting crimes of domestic abuse effectively and appropriately, and to working with the police and our partners, to support victims through the criminal justice process.”