Glasgow & West Scotland

John Graham convicted of 30 years of domestic abuse

A man who complained to police that a woman was harassing him has been convicted of abusing her for 30 years.

The victim, who is now 56, told police about her ordeal after 55-year-old John Graham made the complaint in 2011.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how he regularly beat the woman, sometimes in time to music, assaulted her children and prevented her from having friends.

Sentence on Graham, from Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, was deferred and he was remanded in custody.

The court heard how the woman and her two young daughters often stayed with Graham.

'Punched and kicked'

The jury was told how he regularly "hit, punched and kicked" the woman after returning home from the pub in a foul mood.

The victim's youngest girl recalled hearing her mother crying, along with yells of "John, stop it".

In her closing speech to the jury, prosecutor Sheena Fraser said: "Her mum was also heard being slapped in time to the music."

The eldest daughter told how she remembered seeing her mum covered in bruises.

The court was also told of Graham's "controlling attitude".

Ms Fraser said: "She was never allowed a friend - never allowed out on her own."

The jury heard that the woman never went to the police as she was scared and "did not want people to know that she was living like that".

The truth came out in 2011 when Graham - despite knowing what he had done - went to the police claiming the woman was harassing him.

Sickened by the allegation, the woman eventually decided to reveal how she had suffered throughout the years.

Her testimony led to Graham - who denied the charges - being convicted of the abuse campaign between 1974 and 2004.

He had also been accused of raping the woman, but the jury returned a not proven verdict.

Graham was also found guilty of assaulting the woman's two daughters by leaving them in tears after squeezing their legs and leaving his nail-marks.

Addressing the jury after the verdict, temporary judge Bill Dunlop said: "It was a discerning judgement, but what remains is a wholly horrific tale of abuse."

Graham was remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month.

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