Man burst wife’s ear drum and burned her with bleach

Stephen Donoghue attacked his wife in front of a teenage girl.

A man burst his wife’s ear drum and pouring bleach over her body before threatening to blow up their flat during a drunken rampage.

Stephen Donoghue turned on Carol Donoghue in front of a teenage girl in August of this year.

The 61-year-old was on trial at the Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday over the assault that took place in Glasgow’s Dalmarnock area.

Donoghue initially shouted and swore at the victim before slapping her on the face.

He then poured the bleach over her which burned her T-shirt and caused redness to her face.

The attacker went on to spray the liquid over the floor before stating he would blow up the property.

Donoghue pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the assault to his wife’s severe injury and impairment.

He also admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and breaching a bail condition.

The court heard Donoghue had been drinking from noon until 9.30pm when he became abusive.

Donoghue sobbed in the dock as the hearing was told he then slapped his crying wife “full force” as the girl watched on.

Prosecutor Adele MacDonald said: “The accused went to the kitchen and lifted a bottle of bleach and returned to the living room.

“He approached Mrs Donoghue and started pouring the bleach on top of her which made contact with her upper body causing a stinging sensation.

“It also damaged the shirt that she was wearing.”

Donoghue went on to pour the bleach over the kitchen and living room floor then stated he was going to set the house on fire.

He continued to hurl abuse and demanded to know where the lighter was.

Mrs Donoghue and the girl managed to flee the scene before making a 999 call at the concierge office.

Officers later attended and had to forced their way in before arresting Donoghue.

Mrs Donoghue was taken to hospital meantime for treatment for a burst ear drum as well as redness to the right side of her face.

The court also heard Donoghue broke his bail condition not to attend the flat two weeks after the incident.

Lawyer Ian McClelland, defending, said Donoghue has no recollection of the incident and has shown “general remorse.”

Sentence was deferred until next month for background reports by Sheriff Paul Crozier who continued Donoghue’s remand meantime.

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