GP Faces Prison for Nuisance Calls to the Wife He Assaulted

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Byline: STUART MACDONALD

HE was once a respected GP with a loving family, luxury home and an MBE to his name.

But last night Dr Christopher Rowlands' career lay in tatters after he was warned he faces jail for pestering his estranged wife.

Rowlands, 49, was out on bail when he broke a restraining order not to contact his wife Ann Marie.

The couple split after he admitted carrying out a brutal assault on her.

But Hamilton Sheriff Court heard yesterday that he continually made nuisance calls and sent text messages to her even after he was kicked out of their home in Bothwell, Lanarkshire.

Sheriff John Stewart told Gerry Devanney, defending, that he was 'well aware' of the doctor's background. And he warned the GP - who now lives with his wife's hairdresser, Patricia Freeman, in Airdrie - that he could expect a spell in prison when he is sentenced.

He said: 'It is starting to reach the stage where a period in a controlled environment is most probable.' Fiscal depute Anne Donaldson told the court Rowlands contacted his wife by phone calls and text messages more than ten times on May 10 and 11 this year. …