Dundee abuser fails in bid to have conviction for attacking partners overturned

Ryan Lawson at a previous appearance at Dundee Sheriff Court

An abuser has failed in a bid to have his conviction and sentence overturned.

Ryan Lawson’s appeal at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh was rejected after lawyers failed to convince a judge that his 13-month jail term should be quashed.

The 27-year-old was jailed in April 2017 after being found guilty of three assault charges at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Lawson, formerly of Clifden Blue Court in Whitfield, was convicted of attacking his ex-partner Leanne Nicolson at an address in Findale Street on January 25 2015.

He seized her by the throat before pushing her to the floor to her injury.

Lawson also grabbed Ms Nicolson’s throat two months later in Erskine Street, while he was subject to a bail order.

He was also convicted of assaulting Ann-Marie Melville at a flat in Swallowtail Court between April 1 and April 30 2014.

The court heard he pushed and pulled his victim, causing her to strike her head off a wall.

Jurors cleared Lawson of biting Ms Nicolson on the face and repeatedly punching her on the head and body.

He was also cleared of seizing Ms Melville by the neck, restricting her breathing by putting his hand over her mouth and throwing a battery at her which allegedly hit her on the head.

Following his sentence, non-harrassment orders were granted preventing him from contacting Ms Nicolson and Ms Melville.