Zambian in UK court for breaking lover’s nose

A STUDENT leapt from a second-storey hotel window to escape staff after attacking his girlfriend on a birthday night out.

Vicious Lawrence Ngoma had earlier punched the victim several times in the face, breaking her nose., according to the Gazette newspaper of UK

He then broke his leg in two places when he unexpectedly jumped from the window – to the shock of onlookers – and landed on a ledge 20ft below.

Appearing in the dock yesterday (Tuesday), he was still on crutches – four months after the incident.

Ngoma has a history of alcohol problem

The 28-year-old’s girlfriend at the time had booked them a room at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew, as a birthday treat for him, Paisley Sheriff Court heard.

The couple then enjoyed a meal and three bottles of wine together.

However, an argument broke out between the pair at about 1am on September 20 last year, when Ngoma met an acquaintance who invited him to join a wedding party at the hotel and then move on to a casino.

Ngoma and his girlfriend returned to their hotel room where the argument continued.

He then attacked her as she lay on the bed, punching her a number of times in the face.

Peter Galletly, prosecuting, said: “A witness passing their hotel room could hear a smashing sound, and heard screaming and shouting. She went to reception to report it, and hotel staff came. They could all hear the shouting and sounds of someone being punched from outside the room.

“They went in and saw the [victim] covered in blood and with facial injuries.”

Ngoma, who tried to push past hotel staff and get to his girlfriend, was shouting and behaving in a disorderly manner.

When a member of staff told him to remain in the room, he jumped out of the window.

Mr Galletly added: “He severely injured his right leg and right hand as he fell on a flat surface 20 feet below. Police came and found him lying there – he had a double fracture to his right leg, and a fracture to his right wrist.”

The victim was taken to the Southern General with a fractured nose and swelling to the face, while Ngoma was rushed by ambulance to Paisley RAH after firemen were brought in to help rescue him.

Alasdair Hendry, defending Ngoma, told the court that his client had a history of problems with alcohol and had been trying to abstain from it around the time of the offence.

That evening, however, as well as wine, he drank several whiskies.

He said: “The amount of alcohol he consumed meant that he was not in proper control of his thoughts and faculties. He has no clear recollection at all of what took place that night.

“The fact that he seemed to think it was a reasonable move to jump out of a second floor window shows the state he was in.

“He had to get his fractures held together with external fixings and can expect to be incapacitated until at least April of this year.”

Hendry added that Ngoma is studying for an HND in Business Studies at James Watt College and hopes to go on to study an undergraduate course at Caledonian University in Glasgow.

The lawyer said Ngoma is a Zambia national who has lived in the UK since 2002, has regular contact with his son and is working hard to build a career for himself.

He said that a previous probation order had been very successful in addressing Ngoma’s alcohol problems but that when he was no longer being given that support, ‘he fell into his old ways’.

He said: “He is a young man with many problems including that with alcohol and a propensity to raise his fists.

“He understands the seriousness of this, as well as the impact of his previous convictions.”

Sheriff Susan Sinclair said she wanted more time to consider what sentence to give Ngoma, of Lyle Street, Greenock, calling it ‘a finely balanced’ case, and asked him to return on Thursday January 14 to learn his fate.

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