Christian Wife Endured 38 Years Of Violence ‘Stuck To Church Vows’

John Ormond

Evening Telegraph

“Shocking new revelations have emerged about local man John Ormond, who was today jailed for battering his wife over three decades.

Ormond, from Montrose, set the tone for decades of married misery by battering his bride on their wedding day was today jailed for three years.

He put wife Linda – who he was married to for 35 years – through decades of torment with repeated violent attacks that often hospitalised her.

And prosecutors today revealed that Ormond’s victim had suffered a miscarriage the day after he attacked her in bed.

In a statement, the Crown Office said that in May 1984, Ormond assaulted Linda in bed when she was pregnant.

He repeatedly kicked her and seized her by the hair and pulled her out of their bed following an argument.

She was taken to hospital the next day and later gave birth to stillborn twins.

Ormond was not charged with causing the death of the babies and it was not said in court that his attack had caused their death.

Anne Marie Hicks, National Procurator Fiscal for Domestic Abuse said: “I would like to commend John Ormond’s victims for having the courage to come forward and for their bravery in helping bring him to justice.

“Ormond’s violent conduct, which lasted almost three decades, has caused untold distress and suffering.

“Violent and abusive behaviour is never acceptable and we strongly encourage anyone who has been a victim of any such offences, no matter when they occurred, to report this to the police.

“COPFS are committed to prosecuting crimes of domestic abuse effectively and appropriately, and to working with the police and our partners, to support victims through the criminal justice process.”

The three-year sentence followed tearjerking evidence from Linda 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.”

Dundee Sheriff Court heard Ormond and his wife separated in 2005 before finally divorcing in 2015.

Incredibly, brazen Ormond was still touting for bookings for his mobile DJ business in the days leading up to his trial – and his advocate today told a court he still denies the offences.

A sheriff told Ormond – who said the allegations against him were “vindictive” that he had shown “no remorse” and jailed him for three years.

The trial heard that 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.

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.”

Ormond, 67, of Christies Lane, Montrose, denied a total of 15 charges of assault on Linda and a child.

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

The offences were committed between 1979 and 2004.

Defence advocate Jonathan Crowe said: “His position remains that he continues to deny the allegations.

“They tried to rekindle their relationship after they separated in 2005 but they finally divorced in 2015.

“The prospect of a custodial sentence fills him full of dread – he broke down when I spoke to him about it last night.”

Sheriff Tom Hughes jailed Ormond for three year and imposed a one year supervised release order to monitor when he is freed.

He said: “You were convicted of some quite appalling conduct.

“It is clear you have caused catastrophic consequences to your victims.

“You don’t accept in any way that you were involved in the matter and that you have no remorse.

“You say they are vindictive and making this up.

“That’s not the view of the jury who accepted their evidence.”

Detective Constable Susan Teare of the Domestic Abuse Task Force said : “Police Scotland welcomes the sentencing today of John Ormond. The victims in this case should be commended for their bravery in coming forward during the police investigation.

“He had previously been found guilty at Dundee Sheriff Court of assaulting one partner and one child over a period of 26 years, his offending going back as far as 1978.

“Today’s sentence highlights Police Scotland’s on-going commitment to tackling domestic abuse and abuse towards children, regardless of when it has taken place.

“This case again underlines that domestic abuse is not acceptable and that Police Scotland will robustly investigate all Domestic Abuse related crimes ensuring that we keep people safe.

“We would encourage anyone who is, or has been, a victim of domestic abuse to come forward.””

 

‘I forgive him’ Wife’s shocking revelation after husband from hell beat her so hard she gave birth to stillborn twins

Daily Record

“A woman who was brutally battered by her husband for decades says she has forgiven him.

John Ormond was yesterday jailed for three years for a catalogue of attacks on ex-wife Linda and their son.

Linda, who lost twins after Ormond beat her when she was pregnant, said: “I will never forget what he did to us and put us through, but I can forgive.

“You have to forgive – otherwise how do you move on?”

Ormond’s attacks often left Linda in hospital. But during his trial, he continued to deny the beatings and never once said he was sorry.

Serial thug Ormond battered wife on their wedding night (Image: Internet Unknown)

She added: “I am not at all surprised that he didn’t show any remorse and that he’s still denying everything.

“He’s a narcissist – it’s all about him. He will never admit he’s wrong or at fault.”

Jailing Ormond, Dundee sheriff Tom Hughes told him: “You were convicted of some quite appalling conduct.

“It is clear you have caused catastrophic consequences to your victims.

“You don’t accept in any way that you were involved in the matter and you have no remorse.”

Ormond – known as Ian – began battering Linda even before they were married. A year before they wed, he broke her arm by pushing and kicking her.

On their wedding night in 1980, he beat her to a pulp and ripped up her going away outfit.

Ormond ran a mobile disco catering for all sorts of events, including weddings (Image: Internet Unknown)

In 1984, Linda gave birth to stillborn twins after Ormond repeatedly kicked her and pulled her out of bed by the hair.

On Christmas Day nine years into their marriage, he beat and kicked her, leaving her with broken ribs.

The wife-beater, who runs a mobile DJ business, also assaulted his son and made repeated threats to slit his throat.

When the boy, who is now an adult, was about five years old, Ormond kicked him to the ground and made homophobic remarks because he had been skipping down the street in excitement at having new jeans.

At a trial at Dundee Sheriff Court last month, the monster, 67, denied 15 charges of assault on Linda and a child.

He was found guilty of 12 charges, with the other three not proven.

The offences were committed between 1979 and 2004.

Ormond and Linda separated in 2005 and divorced in 2015.

Ormond was caged for three years over decades of violence against wife Linda (Image: Internet Unknown)

 

After the thug was sentenced, Linda said she had feared he might have walked free.

She added: “I thought the way sentencing is going in Scotland at the moment he was going to get community service, so I am shocked.

“The effect this has had on my family as a whole has been heartbreaking. It’s truly horrendous.

“The effect it has had on my son has also been particularly bad. I’m sure he will be relieved when he finds out about the sentence.”

On Monday, the Record revealed how Ormond, of Montrose, continued to tout for DJ business in the weeks leading up to his trial.

Brave Linda took the witness stand and told how she stuck by him during the abuse.

Even when she landed in hospital, Linda lied about her injuries to doctors.

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

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

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

The prosecutor told the jury: “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.

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

Ormond’s lawyer Jonathan Crowe said yesterday: “He continues to deny the allegations. The prospect of a custodial sentence fills him full of dread – he broke down when I spoke to him about it.”

Detective Constable Susan Teare, of the Domestic Abuse Task Force, said: “The victims in this case should be commended for their bravery in coming forward.”

Anne Marie Hicks, National Procurator Fiscal for Domestic Abuse, said: “Ormond’s violent conduct has caused untold distress and suffering.

“We strongly encourage anyone who has been a victim of any such offences to report this to the police.””

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