Barrow man spared jail after throttling girlfriend in row
Last updated at 16:53, Thursday, 10 October 2013
A FATHER who throttled his girlfriend in front of his three children just hours after a row over a video game has escaped a jail sentence.
Gray Ormandy, 23, attacked his partner, Rachael Lawson, at their home in Mount Pleasant, Barrow, during an argument on September 17.
Chairwoman at Furness Magistrates’ Court, Kathryn Alexandra, sentenced Ormandy to a 12-month supervision order and ordered him to attend an Improving Relationships; Supporting Change programme.
He must also pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.
Earlier, the court heard how the father-of-three squeezed Miss Lawson’s neck following a disagreement over Grand Theft Auto V.
Mr Lee Ducre, prosecuting, said the row started when Ormandy went to buy the 18+ video game at its official midnight launch.
Miss Lawson later found Ormandy playing the game with two friends at around 1am. She asked the friends to leave and Ormandy slept on the sofa.
However, the following morning the row continued after Ormandy refused to help Miss Lawson look after their three children.
Mr Ducre said the row between the couple escalated and Ormandy attacked his girlfriend in an upstairs bedroom in front his children.
Mr Ducre said: “[Ormandy] grabbed her neck with both hands and squeezed on her throat until she couldn’t breathe.
“One of the children, old enough to know what was going on, said: ‘Stop it’.”
Miss Lawson managed to take the children downstairs before ringing the police at about 8.30am.
Following his arrest, Ormandy told police officers “she hates me having a computer”. He said he came back from the midnight launch with some friends and that Miss Lawson was “stressing”.
Ormandy pleaded guilty last week at Furness Magistrates’ Court to one charge of assault by beating. He claimed his children did not witness the incident.
Miss Lawson did not wish to seek a restraining order.
Furness Magistrates’ Court was also told that Ormandy had 29 convictions against his name and had committed 66 offences, including a common assault in October 2007.
First published at 15:54, Thursday, 10 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Yes thats the way to treat domestic violence..NOT!He should have been sent to prison.Unacceptable behaviour and what message does that send to the kids? Its alright to assault females? Some of these magistrates want to live in the real world.
3 young children to get up for school in the morning and he thinks its ok to invite his friends round to play all night, poor lass sounds like she has 4 children in reality. Its my opinion that her hands should have been round his neck !!!