Dundee man with ‘appalling background’ jailed for assaulting ex-partner

Dundee Sheriff Court

A man convicted of assaulting his ex-partner was told a background report by social workers made for “appalling reading”.

At Dundee Sheriff Court, Sheriff Tom Hughes told Jamie Petrie he appeared to accept “no responsibility at all for what happened” despite the fact he had pleaded guilty to very serious offences.

Petrie, 30, of Ballantrae Place, was jailed for two years.

He had previously admitted that on September 22 2016, at Lewis Terrace, he assaulted Diane Gray, his ex-partner, seized her by the throat, pinned her to the ground and restricted her breathing to her injury.

He also admitted breaching a bail condition by contacting Ms Gray on November 21 2016 by telephone.

Sentence had previously been deferred for reports and solicitor George Donnelly said that when the report was prepared Petrie still had 80 hours unpaid work outstanding.

Since then, he said, Petrie had completed a further 35-and-a-half hours work and expected to complete the order by the end of January.

He added he had no other outstanding matters since the offence was committed in 2016 and asked the sheriff to consider imposing a non-custodial sentence.

“The penny seems to have dropped now,” Mr Donnelly said.

Sheriff Hughes told him: “The courts have made it very clear that domestic violence is completely and utterly unacceptable. The author of this report came to the view that nothing can be done apart from a custodial sentence. That is a view that I endorse.”

The sheriff also imposed a non-harassment order banning Petrie from contacting Ms Gray for 18 months.