Man found guilty life-threatening assault

Dundee Sheriff Court
Dundee Sheriff Court

A man is facing jail afterbeing convicted today (Thursday) of endangering his girlfriend’s life.

Connor McGregor “viciously” attacked his partner in Arbroath’s Wardmill Road following a row about Adolf Hitler.

The pair left a bar in the Angus town and were walking when the debate turned violent.

McGregor chased after her and repeatedly pushed her, causing her to fall.

He then pushed the woman against metal railings on a bridge and grabbed her by the throat.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told McGregor then grabbed her by the throat and strangled her until she could not breathe and began to lose consciousness.

She was then thrown to the ground and was later found to have a broken arm.

At some point during the struggle two men walked past - with the woman shouting out: “If you don’t help me and take me to safety then I’ll be dead.”

Shockingly, the pair simply walked on leaving her in the hands of the accused.

During the attack she called another man who heard her screaming and shouting “he’s hitting me”.

Following his conviction, a jury were told McGregor had two previous convictions for assaulting and behaving in a threatening and abusive manner towards the victim.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told the jury: “Why did [she] scream at those two men who passed her ‘if you don’t help me and take me to safety then I’ll be dead’?

“The answer is plain and simple - she had just been viciously assaulted by her partner, Connor McGregor.

“Assaulted to the extent that he placed his hand over her throat and made her feel ‘woozy’.

“An assault that endangered her life.”

McGregor, 21, a prisoner at HMP Perth, denied a charge of assault to severe injury and danger of life.

However, a jury found him guilty following a two-day trial.

Defence solicitor Nick Wheelan said he would reserve his plea in mitigation until a later sentencing date.

Sheriff Tom Hughes deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports.

McGregor was remanded in custody meantime.