Iraq veteran drunkenly throttled girlfriend
AN IRAQ veteran throttled his girlfriend before using a garden bench to try force his way into her house.
Robert Hurley, aged 37, has served two tours as a section commander of the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Guards, and is still a member of the Territorial Army, his barrister told Swansea Crown Court.
He had been with Alison Wilson for around seven months when they were on a night out in the city centre in May.
The pair argued and Miss Wilson took a taxi home but Hurley stayed out.
Later, Miss Wilson’s friend Natasha Chapman, called Miss Wilson to say she was bringing Hurley home in a taxi.
When they arrived home, Miss Chapman saw her friend crying on the bed and Hurley became angry. He shouted: “Look what I have to put up with” before he threw items around the room causing damage to furniture.
The pair continued arguing in the kitchen and Hurley put his hands around her throat. Her friend heard “rasping” noises coming from Miss Wilson and tried to make him let go.
Miss Chapman grabbed his hand but when he did not let go, she jumped on his back and grabbed at his throat which caused him to release his grip.
Miss Wilson fell backwards and hurt her hand before barricading herself in a bedroom.
Miss Chapman guided Hurley, of Clydach Road in Ynysforgan, outside but he continued to try get back into the property.
He then used a garden bench to smash at the front door, creating a hole so he could climb inside. He made his way to the bedroom and spoke to Miss Wilson’s 18-year-old son until police arrived.
James Hartson, representing Hurley said: “The defendant has a proud history of serving his country and it will be of some regret to him and the court that he finds himself in the dock.”
Mr Hartson said Hurley had paid to repair the damage he caused and said he was well-regarded by his employer.
“The defendant would wish me to apologise publicly for the physical, emotional and financial impact this has had,” he said.
Hurley committed this offence a month after he had appeared in court and was convicted of assault.
He admitted this assault and criminal damage.
Judge Keith Thomas imposed a 30 week suspended sentence. Hurley was also told to complete 180 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £700 towards costs.