HE was hailed a hero after discovering a Taliban weapons cache, but now a North East soldier’s career is in tatters after he admitted viciously attacking his wife.
Sergeant Wayne Harrison choked his wife Lynn until she was unconscious, smashed her head into a wardrobe and then bit and throttled her in the assault at a military base.
The Royal Marine, from Chirton, North Shields, was praised on his return from duty in 2009 for finding Taliban ammunition stores and surviving a shrapnel grenade attack.
His two younger brothers took part in a widely publicised 278-mile charity run for Help the Heroes after being inspired by their sibling’s courage.
But at a court in Scotland, the 33-year-old was ordered to undergo psychological assessment after pleading guilty to the incident at Royal Marine base Condor in East Angus on January 14 last year.
The court heard how he left his 25-year-old wife with serious injuries after sitting astride her on a bed and placing his hands on her throat, causing her to lose consciousness.
He then pushed her into a door where he put his hands over her mouth and nose, causing her to lose consciousness for a second time.
As she lay on the floor, he repeatedly slapped her on the face, bit her neck and grabbed her by the hair.
Throughout the hearing at Arbroath’s Sheriff Court, Lynn sat behind him, alongside representatives from his unit.
Sheriff Peter Paterson said the lack of a clear recommendation in reports from social workers meant he could not pass sentence following the guilty plea, and he deferred the case until March 19.
He said: “It is not clear to me what the status of the relationship with his wife is.
“I can only sentence him on the narration of the facts from the Crown.”
Sheriff Paterson went on to say he did not have any difficulty with Harrison’s status as a Marine and was more concerned about his role within society.
The serviceman previously spoke of his brush with death in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province in 2009 when he was hit in the face by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade fired by insurgents.
He described how in a split-second he was soaked in blood and had to be rushed to hospital for a life-saving operation.
Scars on his face are still visible from the attack, which happened as he carried out his role as a close combat section commander.
Harrison, who has also served in Northern Ireland and Iraq, was responsible for seven others in the X-Ray Company 45 Commando during his time in Afghanistan.
It is believed he and his wife, who have been married for five years, moved to the Scottish military base which is home to 45 Commando shortly after his return.
As she lay on the floor, he repeatedly slapped her face, bit her neck and grabbed her by the hair