Serial domestic abuser caged for spraying deodorant in girlfriend’s eyes

A thug boyfriend who blasted his girlfriend in the eyes with deodorant in a savage attack at her home has been jailed.

Serial domestic abuser Robert Crichton battered Jacqueline McWhirter while threatening to kill her – and saying he’d happily serve a life sentence over her death.

But he has now been jailed for 34 months and banned from having any contact with her for the next five years as part of a Non-Harassment Order.

Cowardly Crichton, 42, threatened to kill his partner of eight years and said he would happily go to prison during the latest attack.

He committed the offence just weeks after being released on bail over a previous incident at her flat, which saw him battering her door and screaming to be let in, despite knowing she was out at the shops.

As he was bailed over last March’s incident, he was free to attack Miss McWhirter, leaving her needing hospital treatment, in May last year.

Crichton, who has 72 previous convictions, was also free to commit the offence because he was released from a previous prison sentence a year early.

The brute – who has four convictions for assaulting girlfriends – begging her not to phone the police, then attacked her so severely she needed three MRI scans and two x-rays.

He carried out the attack after she refused to give him money when he let himself into her home in Paisley, near Glasgow.

He grabbed her, pushed her into her TV – causing her to fall and the TV and stand to fall on her – and warned: “I will slice you apart. I don’t care about the jail – I’ll stab you.

“If I find you with another boy I’ll kill the both of youse.

“I don’t mind, I’ll do life for killing you. Please don’t get me the jail.”

He also rained punches on her head and then blasted her in the face with the deoderant, leaving her unable to see and her eyes stinging.

She contacted police and officers found trails of her blood in her home and on Crichton’s clothes when they tracked him down.

When he returned to the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court on Tuesday to learn his fate, Sheriff Colin Pettigrew said: “In my view, there’s only one possible disposal – and that’s a custodial sentence.”

The sentence was backdated to May last year, when Crichton was remanded in custody,

Crichton was also made the subject of a Supervised Release Order, which will see him monitored by social workers for a year upon his release from prison, and having to attend drug and alcohol counselling when asked.

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Daily Record – Paisley