Sheriff slaps order on domestic abuser after wife attack

A man who attacked his wife and threatened to burn down the house she was staying in received his punishment in court.

John Hawthorne (38), 1 South Lumley Street, Grangemouth appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday. He had previously been found guilty of assaulting his wife in Park Road, Falkirk and Dundas Court and Torwood Avenue, Grangemouth, on occasions between December 1, 2008 and December 27, 2013.

Defence solicitor Simon Hutchison said: “He continues to have the full support of his family and his new partner.”

Sheriff Derek Livingston said: “There is quite strong concern that once his bail orders have been lifted the complainer could be in danger. That could be right or that could be wrong.

“It appears there is no real need for further contact between them.”

Sheriff Livingston put a non-harassment order in place so Hawthorne could not contact the complainer for 12 months. He also placed him on a supervised community payback order for two years with the condition he complete 240 hours unpaid work within 12 months and engage with the Caledonian domestic abuse project for two years.

A review was called for in eight weeks time.