Man who attacked girlfriend and mother facing jail


A man who brutally attacked his girlfriend and threatened to “rip out” her unborn baby within an hour of having a court ban on seeing her lifted was today (Wednesday) facing jail.

Stephen Gibb then attacked his own mother, threatened to kill her if she called police, kicked a police officer then hurled anti-English slurs at him following the attack on his partner.

Gibb went to court on June 2 in a bid to have bail conditions banning him from seeing his girlfriend lifted.

They had been imposed over a threatening and abusive behaviour charge for which Gibb was later handed a six month jail sentence.

Gibb left Forfar Sheriff Court having had the conditions removed and met his girlfriend outside before heading to catch a bus to Brechin.

But he immediately launched an angry tirade at his partner after seeing her speaking to another male and “smiling” at him.

Gibb tried to blame his victims for the attacks and claimed his mother had in fact attacked him.

Fiscal depute Susan Ruta told Dundee Sheriff Court: “An argument started and he said he thought he was not the father of her unborn child, she being 14 weeks pregnant at the time.

“During the bus journey he tried to grab her, prompting a fellow passenger to intervene to calm him down.

“He then said he was going to kill her when they got off the bus.

“She got off the bus in Brechin and walked through the town crying and made her way to the accused’s mother house.

“Once inside the close there he grabbed her and pinned her against a wall.

“He had one hand around her neck and began squeezing, telling her to stop crying.

“She started to scream hysterically and asked for help.

“He removed his hand and placed it across her mouth then pressed the rim of a bottle into her throat, forcefully pushing it into her neck.

“He then said he would rip her unborn baby out of her.

“The accused’s mother came out and his girlfriend managed to break free and ran into the house, appearing upset and scared.

“The accused entered and began shouting.

“His mother tried to calm the situation but he responded by grabbing his mother by the wrist and said he was going to kill her if she ‘phoned the police.

“His father arrived and he had to tackle him to the ground.

“Police attended and found the accused on the sofa where he kicked PC Jack Swindells on the leg.”

Gibbs also verbally and racially abused the arresting officer.

The fiscal continued: “When he was interviewed he claimed he was attempting to cuddle his girlfriend to make her feel better and claimed his mother had been punching him.”

Gibb, 20, a prisoner at HMP YOI Polmont, pleaded guilty on indictment to assaulting a woman to her injury, assaulting his mother and assaulting PC Jack Swindells on June 2 this year in Forfar and Brechin.

Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and remanded Gibb in custody meantime.