Friday, October 31, 2014

Dad convicted for assault on 16-year-old son; gets one year in jail (United Kingdom)

Dad is identified as DAVID ORR.

Father locked up for violent attack on son

Published: 29 Oct 2014 09:00

A violent thug has been caged after being convicted of attacking his teenage son.

David Orr was locked up for a year for lashing out at 16-year-old Darrel at a flat in Paisley earlier this year.

The town’s sheriff court heard that the 36-year-old attacked Darrel on February 22 this year in Fairway Avenue.

Orr, who was on bail from Livingston Sheriff Court at the time of the offence, struck out, punching Darrel on the head.

He also caused a breach of the peace at the property by shouting and acting in an aggressive manner.

Orr, who was held on remand at Low Moss Prison, in Bishopbriggs, as he awaited trial, was also charged with battering Emma Louise Welch at a different flat in the same street a few months later.

Prosecutors claimed he left Welch badly hurt and scarred for life after raining punches on her head on May 17 this year while she was in pal Kerry Clark’s flat.

And he was also accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by threatening Welch with violence if she reported the assault to the police.

The last charge Orr faced was that, on May 19 this year, he knew Darrel was in Clark’s home and phoned her.

Court papers alleged that he demanded to speak to Darrel and threatened violence against him as he had spoken to police officers about the February attack. Welch told the court that Orr had attacked her and that Clark came to her rescue, pulling Orr off her.

She added: “He said I better not tell anyone that it was him that had done it.

“He was telling me not to tell anyone. “This went on for a period of possibly three or four hours.

“His demeanour was erratic.”

Welch said that Orr was extremely drunk at the time and said “he didn’t know what he was talking about.”

She explained: “He said it was actually a 5ft female who had attacked me.

“There was only me, a guy called David Orr and Kerry in her house drinking at the time.

“I know who done it to me, it was David Orr.”

Welch was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital by ambulance where she received treatment for a 3cm cut above her right eyebrow, which has left a scar.

Although Welch said it was Orr who attacked her she was unable to identify Orr in the dock.

After Clark said she saw Welch bleeding but did not see how she had come by her injury, prosecutors were left without enough evidence to secure a conviction for the assault on Welch.

They were also left without enough to prove that he had threatened Darrel and Welch.

The jury took around an hour-and-fifteen minutes to find Orr guilty of attacking his son and causing a rammy.

He was jailed for 12 months for the assault and nine months for shouting and bawling.

The sentences, which will run alongside each other, were backdated to July, when he was first remanded in custody.