Southsea fireman walks from court for two assaults

GUILTY Ian Ruler leaving court and inset, Michelle Moran, who says she is devastated by the sentence he received
GUILTY Ian Ruler leaving court and inset, Michelle Moran, who says she is devastated by the sentence he received
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A WOMAN who was beaten by her firefighter partner says she is devastated at his light sentence.

Ian Ruler was warned he faced jail after he was found guilty of attacking Michelle Moran twice, leaving her with a broken nose and bruises.

DEVASTATED Michelle Moran

DEVASTATED Michelle Moran

But the 43-year-old Southsea fireman has instead been told to attend a domestic abuse programme and have 18 months of supervision from the probation service.

Ruler, of King’s Road, Fareham, must also pay £300 in court costs and £100 in compensation.

Miss Moran said: ‘I feel devastated.

‘It feels like he has got away with it.

‘It makes me think maybe I shouldn’t have bothered putting myself, my family and my friends through it all.

‘I just hope he doesn’t do it to anyone else.’

Ruler headbutted and punched the 36-year-old mum-of-two during the assaults when he lived with her in Friary Close, Gosport.

As reported in The News he denied two charges of common assault but was found guilty after a trial at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Ruler, who has a previous conviction for assault causing actual bodily harm after attacking a man in a Gosport pub, could still lose his job over the attacks, which happened in January and July.

He is currently suspended and a disciplinary hearing will be held now that he has been sentenced.

Bob Ratcliffe, assistant chief officer, said Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service was treating the matter seriously.

‘Though firefighter Ruler was off-duty at the time of the incident, he was suspended from his role when the service became aware of the charges,’ he said.

‘The service has already commenced its internal disciplinary procedures relating to this issue and these will now continue following the court’s sentence.’