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Abusive husband made wife carry book of 'mistakes'

Robert Simmons, of Shetland, hit his wife and forced her into the boot of a car.

Robert Simmons: Abusive husband jailed for 32 months (file pic).
Robert Simmons: Abusive husband jailed for 32 months (file pic). Police Scotland

A man subjected his wife to a three-decade campaign of physical and psychological abuse, forcing her to carry a book of her "mistakes".

Robert Simmons hit her repeatedly and when she tried to escape their home in Shetland, the 62-year-old chased her down and put her in the boot of a car.

He pleaded guilty to 11 charges and was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Simmons, who worked as a crofter, humiliated and dominated his wife for almost 29 years between 1988 and 2017.

The abuse included forcing her to stand in an outbuilding at his farm while he hosed her with cold water.

He also made her lie on the floor and pushed her head down with his foot so hard she was left with two black eyes.

Police Scotland and the Crown office both praised the strength and bravery of his victim in helping bring him to justice.

Police Scotland detective inspector Andy Logan said: "Robert Simmons is a controlling individual who submitted his victim to sustained abuse and suffering over the course of decades.

"The suffering he inflicted is deplorable and I would like to pay tribute to the strength of character shown by his victim in coming forward and ultimately helping to bring Simmons to justice.

"Although it does not change anything that happened, I hope that the people affected by Simmons deplorable behaviour can take some comfort from the verdict and continue to move forward with their lives."

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