Action-movie car stunt bid to save relationship

Domestic brute Liam Henderson, who clung to the bonnet of his girlfriend's car in a desperate bid to stop her driving off. Picture: Vic Rodrick
Domestic brute Liam Henderson, who clung to the bonnet of his girlfriend's car in a desperate bid to stop her driving off. Picture: Vic Rodrick
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A SPURNED lover performed action movie-style car stunts in a desperate bid to stop his girlfriend leaving him.

Liam Henderson, 24, flung himself across the bonnet of Amy Gillespie’s car then hung on to the driver’s door as she drove off.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard that Miss Gillespie had been terrified Henderson was going to burst through her windscreen.

Then, as he clung on to the driver’s door with both hands and hurled his leg up on to the bonnet, she feared he was going to open the door of the car to get to her.

Graham Fraser, prosecuting, said: “She was fearful and drove away at that time.”

He said a neighbour witnessed the dramatic incident on March 30 and police were called.

Henderson, of Malcolm Court, Bathgate, appeared for sentence today after earlier pleading guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm while on bail.

He also admitted an earlier offence of breaching bail by being at Miss Gillespie’s home in Sylvan Way, Bathgate, on Christmas Day and Boxing Day last year.

Iain Smith, defending, said his client would benefit from a programme aimed at tackling domestic violence.

He said: “Not only will it benefit him, it will ensure that Miss Gillespie is safe and that he doesn’t follow in the footsteps of his own parents. He seems to be hard-working. He just needs to be more hard-working in his relationships.”

Sheriff Martin Edington warned Henderson – who has four previous convictions for domestic abuse – he had narrowly avoided prison at a previous hearing.

He said: “I have to say I looked long and hard at sending you to prison, but I’m persuaded it’s preferable to make you subject to two community payback orders.”

He put Henderson under supervision for 18 months and ordered 150 hours of unpaid work to be done within a year.

But he warned: “You need to consider this your last opportunity to avoid a prison sentence.”

Outside court, Henderson tried to hide behind several female companions to avoid being photographed.

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