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Convicted killer Barry Pollock convicted of abusing women

A convicted killer has been found guilty of abusing two former girlfriends at addresses in Glasgow.

Barry Pollock, 40, was convicted of eight assault charges against Mary Ann Hughes, 40, and Stacey McCombe, 34, dating back to 2007.

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on Pollock was deferred.

He was jailed for five years in 2002 for culpable homicide and in 1992 for assault. Pollock also has a string of other violence convictions.

The court heard how Pollock began attacking Ms Hughes in the summer of 2007 at their home in Glasgow's Yoker area after she found him lying asleep face down in a hot pizza.

Blows to head

Despite trying to help him, Pollock decided to punch his girlfriend in the face.

Later that year, Ms Hughes had to be treated in hospital for a hand injury after Pollock pushed her.

In July 2008 Pollock tried to throttle her, pulling so hard on a cord round her neck that it snapped.

Ms Hughes told the court: "He was also punching me very hard - I can't recall how many times. The blows to the back of the head knocked me clean out."

Later that month, Pollock battered her so hard with an iron that it broke.

Recalling the unprovoked assault, she said: "Barry had been using the iron for his clothes.

"There had been no argument - but then he hit me on the back with it. The iron ended up broken - the metal plate was hanging loose."

Pollock's final attack on Ms Hughes was in April 2010 shortly after she had given birth.

The victim said she was in bed asleep at the time when Pollock dragged her by the ankles.

Sobbing in court, Ms Hughes told the jury: "He gave me the kicking of my life. I knew I was being attacked when I hit the floor."

New relationship

Prosecutor Lisa Gillespie asked Miss Hughes how she felt that night and she replied: "I thought that was it - I thought I was dead."

Ms Hughes eventually escaped to her mother's home before later splitting from Pollock, who went on to have a relationship with Ms McCombe.

She too was attacked and told the court how she suffered a black eye and split lip in one attack.

Ms McCombe told the jury how Pollock would call her names - and he later wrapped a cable from a set of hair strengtheners around her neck.

Pollock had initially faced an allegation of attempting to murder Ms Hughes in connection with the first July 2008 incident.

But the jury instead found him guilty of the reduced charge of assault to injury.

He was convicted of four other assault charges against Ms Hughes - with two more not proven including a threat to shoot her.

Pollock was finally convicted of three attacks on Ms McCombe.

Judge Lady Rae later went through Pollock's lengthy criminal record stretching back to his teens.

She told him: "You clearly present a risk." Pollock faces an extended sentence when he returns to court next month.

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