Drug attack sentence is delayed

A MAN who attacked his partner while suffering from hallucinations brought on by drug withdrawal has had his sentencing delayed until next month.

Graham Lowrie was due to be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday but the decision was put back until July 18 for further reports.

His partner, Suzanne Auld, 27, was punched, kicked and strangled by Lowrie while he was suffering from hallucinations brought on by withdrawal from GHB, but has vowed to stand by him. Ms Auld has said Lowrie was a caring partner.

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At the time of the assault in December at the couple’s flat at Moncrieffe House, Moredunvale Bank, Lowrie was suffering withdrawals, having taken GHB – a powerful anaesthetic – every day that month.

His supply had run out and by Boxing Day he had started to believe his partner of four years was his dead friend Billy.

Speaking to the Evening News last month, Ms Auld said: “Graham began taking the drug before I met him but he hid it from me. I hope he might get community service but he thinks he’ll get the jail. Either way I’ll be here for him.”

Lowrie, 26, was remanded in custody last month after admitting assault to severe injury.