Wednesday, May 30, 2007
A COUNCILLOR was convicted of beating up his Ukrainian-born wife after smearing her face with curry during a drink-fuelled argument. Hartlepool borough councillor Trevor Rogan grabbed his wife by the throat, hit her, twisted her arm and pulled her hair during the attack in the early hours of October 22 last year.
Rogan last night vowed to appeal against his conviction after magistrates refused to believe his version of events. His wife, Irina, 33, said she was left frightened by the attack, and may leave the town to start a new life. Rogan, 53, of John Howe Gardens, Hartlepool, pleaded not guilty to common assault, claiming he had restrained his wife after she began attacking him.
(Hat Tip: Barnsley Nationalist)