Thug spared jail for attacking his bride on their wedding night

SPARED JAIL ... Gavin Golightly, who admitted assaulting his wife Amy, below, on their wedding night.
SPARED JAIL ... Gavin Golightly, who admitted assaulting his wife Amy, below, on their wedding night.
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A BRIDEGROOM launched a terrifying attack on his new wife on their wedding night – just hours after they had tied the knot.

Gavin Golightly and Amy Dawson were married at a church in West Rainton in August last year.

Amy Dawson on her wedding day

Amy Dawson on her wedding day

The newlyweds, who have a child together, then enjoyed a reception at Beamish Hall in County Durham, where they were set to stay for the night.

But as they returned to their room, Ms Dawson, 22, asked her new husband to help her take off her dress.

Golightly, 29, refused, before getting up, throwing her to the floor and subjecting her to a terrifying assault, leaving her with a cut eyebrow and a bruised face and chest.

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Amy Dawson and Gavin Golightly

Amy Dawson and Gavin Golightly

He claimed he had been drugged before hitting his wife and says he cannot remember any of the incident.

Prosecutor Sarah Traynor told Peterlee Magistrates’ Court: “On August 11, the defendant and the victim were married at St Mary’s Church in West Rainton and had a reception at Beamish Hall.

“At 12.55am, the following morning, they went to their room, which she was helped towards by a night porter.

“The defendant then tried to undo Ms Dawson’s dress.

RESTRAINING ORDER ... Amy Dawson blasted her former sweetheart Gavin Golightly for attacking her on their wedding night. The couple are pictured below in happier times.

RESTRAINING ORDER ... Amy Dawson blasted her former sweetheart Gavin Golightly for attacking her on their wedding night. The couple are pictured below in happier times.

“She received a crochet (to undo the dress with), but the defendant then refused to undo his new wife’s dress.

“The defendant then jumped up from his chair, approached Ms Dawson and pushed her over.

“He then sat on top of her and started punching her with clenched fists. He then got up and left the room.

“It appears that the defendant then came back to the room.

Ms Traynor added that statements were subsequently taken by police from Ms Dawson and the night porter.

“The defendant said he has no recollection of the event, adding that he must have had his drink spiked,” she said.

“He remembers waking up in a hotel room and said he does not get angry when he takes drugs.

“Ms Dawson had a cut above her left eyebrow and some bruises to her face and chest area.”

Golightly, of Hall Lane, Houghton, had pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm at a hearing at the same court last month and was back before the magistrates for sentencing after reports.

Robin Ford, mitigating, told the court that he thought a community order would be sufficient punishment for his client.

“Given the cathartic process that this has been for him, I think he could well come back and get this order taken off early,” said Mr Ford.

Chairman of the bench Paul Elliott, told Golightly: “We are going to go along with what the report from the Probation Service says.

“You do know that when the report was asked for, custody was an option because this was a serious assault, but your early guilty plea and mitigation mean that we will give you a 24-month community order with the requirement of supervision.”

Golightly was also given a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting Ms Dawson directly or indirectly.

On top of that, he was ordered to pay £200 in compensation to her, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.