Local man battered his wife on wedding day and put her through 37 years of hell

John Ormond

A husband from hell who set the tone for decades of married misery by battering his bride on their wedding day was today facing years in jail.

John Ormond put his wife through 37 years of hell with repeated violent attacks that often hospitalised her.

In tearjerking evidence at a trial at Dundee Sheriff Court she told how vile Ormond even set about her after they returned home from their wedding in August 1980 – battering her and ripping her “going away” outfit.

She told jurors that she stuck by Ormond despite the horror start to their marriage because “we were married in a church and I stuck to the vows as much as I could until I couldn’t take any more”.

Fiscal depute Vicki Bell told the jury: “For better or for worse is the vow I assume she refers to.”

A year before their wedding Ormond broke Linda’s arm after he chased her, pushed her down and repeatedly kicked her.

Despite that she went through with the wedding – only to be attacked when they returned home from their reception.

Ormond then subjected her to years of torment – on one occasion nine years into their marriage brutally beating her and kicking her on Christmas Day, leaving her with broken ribs.

But his wife covered up the abuse – refusing to tell doctors who treated her how she came by the injuries until decades later.

The court was told that Ormond “ruined everything – from holidays to Christmas” for his family for decades.

Ormond now faces years in jail after he was convicted of 12 assault charges spanning 37 years following a four-day trial.

A sheriff told him he caused “catastrophic consequences” for his wife because if his “appalling series of criminal conduct”.

Fiscal depute Vicki Bell told the jury: “Crime has no sell-by date in Scotland.

”These crimes date back to the 70s. We are dealing with a catalogue of prolonged abuse.

“Many of the charges followed a similar pattern – he would come home from the pub, be heard coming up stairs then crash, bang, wallop.

”Look at how the attitudes in society have changed since the 70s.

“Back then it was a case of what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors.

“Back then the police said he was the owner of the house and had nowhere to go so she had to let him back in.

“She says she married him because she loved him, pure and simple.

”She said: ‘I was 19, very young and silly and was ashamed to tell the truth. It was embarrassing to say I’d been assaulted’.

“’We were married in a church and I stuck to the vows as much as I could until I couldn’t take any more.’

“For better or for worse is the vow I assume she refers to.

“The accused’s evidence was confused.

“He accepted there were arguments but denied violence.”

But defence advocate Jonathan Crowe urged jurors to acquit Ormond and said there was “reasonable doubt” in the case.

He added: ”You may have from the start had an overwhelming urge to find him guilty.

“From the moment you heard the indictment you will have thought ‘what a terrible man that is sitting there’.

“He vehemently denies these allegations.”

Ormond, 67, of Christies Lane, Montrose, denied a total of 15 charges of assault.

A jury of seven men and seven women took just two hours to find him guilty of 12 of them, with the remaining three not proven.

Defence advocate Jonathan Crowe asked that Ormond be released on bail ahead of a later sentencing date.

Sheriff Tom Hughes deferred sentence until January and granted Ormond bail so he can “get his affairs in order” before he faces a lengthy jail term.

He said: “Anyone in your position must expect severe consequences from the court.

“When you come back to be sentenced you will likely be facing a substantial custodial sentence.”

Ormond made no comment as he left court.

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