Businessman jailed for domestic violence still considering marrying woman he assaulted
A businessman jailed for two years for domestic violence is still considering marrying the partner he assaulted.
Duncan McCallum grabbed the wheel as Blantyre’s wife Keri-Anne Taylor was driving, causing the car to crash into a parked vehicle.
McCallum, 45, who runs a garden maintenance company, was convicted of culpable and reckless driving.
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A Hamilton Sheriff Court jury also found him guilty of assaulting Ms Taylor and threatening or abusive behavior towards her and a police officer.
The car accident happened in Shettleston Road, Glasgow on New Years Day 2019.
Although no one was injured, both vehicles were severely damaged.
Sheriff Andrew McIntyre told McCallum of Shettleston Road: “I am concerned about the risk you put the Complainant and the others at that day.”
The court heard that McCallum assaulted Ms Taylor in Logan Street and Auchinraith Road in Blantyre on June 15, 2019.
He repeatedly grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground, causing her injuries.
McCallum was cleared of two other assaults with grievous injuries to his partner at his Logan Street home.
It had been alleged that he had butted her with a head and then, on another occasion, knocked her to the ground.
Despite the troubled backdrop, the couple are engaged and Ms. Taylor works for McCallum’s company.
Defense officer Christopher Munro told the court: “Their marriage has been postponed due to his bail conditions, but they plan to get married soon enough if they can.
“There has been no difficulty since 2019.”
On handing down his sentence, Sheriff McIntyre told McCallum: “This is a very serious matter and you have six previous convictions for domestic violence.
“It’s true that there was a gap in your delinquency between 2011 and 2019, but I have no doubt that the only option is jail given the nature of the charges and your long history of domestic violence. “
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