28 October 2005

Adair sentenced for wife attack


Johnny Adair was arrested last month

Former loyalist paramilitary leader Johnny Adair has been sentenced to a 12-month supervision order after admitting assaulting his wife.

The 42-year-old, formerly of Chorley New Road, Horwich, attacked his wife in a park in the town on 26 September, hours after being released from jail.

Adair was seen kneeling on his wife and "punching her repeatedly with both arms," Bolton magistrates court heard.

He walked free from jail but was ordered to pay her £250 compensation.

Gina Adair suffered bruising to her face and cuts but did not require hospital treatment. The couple have been married for 23 years and have four children.

The couple had been celebrating Johnny Adair's release

Adair, a former senior member of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), moved to Bolton, Greater Manchester, after an internal feud in the organisation.

He had been released from jail on the day of the attack after serving 39 days for harassment.

A group of children and their parents reported the attack to police after they saw him drag his wife by the hair as she tried to run away.

The couple had been walking home from a nearby pub after celebrating his release from prison.

'Totally unacceptable'

The court was told the harassment charge did not relate to Mrs Adair but that he did have some history of domestic violence.

The Probation Service will supervise him one-on-one as he is not deemed suitable for group work.

Ch Supt Dave Lea said the attack was "totally unacceptable."

"This attack took place, somewhat shamelessly, in the middle of a park in broad daylight in front of schoolchildren playing football close by.

"We are committed to reducing violent crime across Bolton and, as a result, we pursued a prosecution in this case despite the fact that the victim did not want to give evidence."

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