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MLA's son guilty of wife beating

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The son of Ulster Unionist assembly member George Savage has been found guilty of beating his wife.

George Samuel Savage, 42, of Dromore Road, Donaghcloney, was convicted of four charges of assaulting his wife between December 2001 and January 2006.

He was cleared of a number of other charges, while the jury failed to reach a verdict on four allegations.

Prosecution lawyers were given until next Friday to decide whether or not to bring Savage to trial again.

The two-week trial at Craigavon Crown Court heard that the situation at home got so bad that his wife had tried to take her own life with a paracetamol overdose.

The court was told that on one occasion, her father-in-law, former Craigavon mayor George Savage, and his son came to the house and remonstrated with him, later telling her that "it was sorted".

On another occasion, Savage's mother had to stand in front of her daughter-in-law to protect her while he attacked her because she had crashed their car, the jury heard.

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