Defending James, Mr Gordon Ross said the couple were both alcoholics and each had previous convictions for violence.Huh..? I thought we were always told that was an urban myth?
Mr Ross said: “It seems to be a feature of their relationship that they were drinking partners. He has been an alcohol dependent for 20 years.
"He comes from a very good family. His father is a quantity surveyor who has two other sons with no problems.
“He drinks huge amounts of alcohol. For the last four years he has been on income benefits registered as an alcoholic…”