Exclusive Violence Counsellor Loses Job For Beating Up His Live-In Lover
AN ANGER management counsellor has lost his job after beating up his partner.
Vince Hogg, 45, attacked Beverley Burns during a row at their Fife home.
The former psychiatric nurse tore the 42-year-old's hair out and slammed her against a wall.
The assault took place shortly after he had taken up his counselling post.
Yesterday Hogg, who admitted assault, was put on probation for 12 months. His lawyer, Joanne Smith, told a court he was to receive treatment for mental health difficulties
Hogg pulled out Beverley's hair and slammed her against a wall.
Her teenage daughter called the police after hearing her mum shouting for help.
When officers arrived, they found both the couple in tears.
Hogg was suspended by his employers, Fife NHS Trust, and has now been moved to a demoted post.
The couple split up after the attack but are now back together in their detached villa in Wormit, Fife.
Passing sentence, Sheriff Robert Anthony QC said: "The court will not tolerate such conduct. This cannot be tolerated in society in any circumstances."
Earlier, Cupar sheriff court heard how, at the time of the May 18 assault, the couple had been experiencing "some difficulties" in their relationship.
Divorced father-of-two Hogg regularly had furious rows with Beverley. Depute fiscal Joanna Nicholson said that the row erupted after Hogg had returned home at about 6.20pm.
She told the court: "The daughter heard him shouting at her mother.
"He was angry about the fact a shower was leaking and caused a carpet to get wet."
Ms Nicholson added that when the daughter went downstairs, she saw Hogg had grabbed hold of her mother who was trying to defend herself.
Hogg's lawyer, Joanne Smith, said he was to receive treatment for mental health problems.
She added: "Things have somewhat settled down since the offence."
But as a result of his conviction, there have been "serious consequences for his line of work".
She explained: "He is currently suspended on full pay but he is to return to work, albeit to a lower position."
Hogg has worked for the NHS in Tayside for 27 years, initially as a hospital porter.
He was heavily involved in the Zero Tolerance Campaign against domestic violence and had only recently taken up to his anger management role.
Writing on a Fife NHS web page about his job, he stated: "I aim to ensure that staff remain safe at work.
"They have the right to perform their duties without fear of abuse or violence."
Yesterday, as he left court, Hogg said: "It was a traumatic period in my life.
"I don't want to discuss things any more."
A spokeswoman for NHS Fife said last night: "We can confirm that this matter has been dealt with in accordance with the appropriate policies and procedures."
what a trauma this must have been to set him off. who of us hasnt been really pissed off by the constant dripping? i know i killed a hooker once because of the faucet in the motel room.