Under cover Millionaire Tony Banks has appeared in court accused of carrying out a horrific onslaught on his rtner.
Banks, 54, is alleged to have attacked and s t on Kimberley Anderson.
The Continually Record reports that Banks – a Falklands War veteran who appeared on Convey 4 show The Secret Millionaire after amassing a fortune through his Balhousie Safe keeping firm – is alleged to have thrown a mobile phone at Kimberley once striking and kicking her on the body and repeatedly seizing her by the hair.
The care almshouse tycoon and former ratrooper is further alleged to have repeatedly pulled her to the confound, kneeled on her stomach, slapped her on the head, s t on her and seized her by the throat and compressed it, all to her mayhem.
He is accused of attacking her at their home in Kirriemuir, Angus, last December.
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Banks – who co-founded the pro-independence Business for Scotland group – was took and originally appeared in court from custody the next day, where he repudiated the charge.
Yesterday, the entrepreneur and well-known philanthropist was back in the dock and utter only to confirm his name.
His solicitor Nick Whelan told Forfar Sheriff Court: “He keep in services his plea of not guilty. The defence case is still at an early stage. We are awaiting CCTV from the locus which when one pleases require to be put in the correct format for use in court.
“We seek a further pre-trial be telling and ask that Mr Banks’s attendance be excused on that date. His position in this substance will not change and this case will require to go to trial.”
Robbie Brown, put in the docking, said: “There is a vulnerable witness application in this case and we’d ask that classification be agreed, otherwise an identity rade will be required.”
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Whelan said the defence could agree identification of Banks in the holder.
Sheriff Pino di Emidio set a further pre-trial hearing date later this month and circulated Banks on bail.
The Balhousie Care Group have grown to evolve into Scotland’s largest private care home providers since Banks developed them in Kirriemuir in the early 1990s.
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In 2009, he took rt in the sixth series of The Secret Millionaire, fork out time on a run-down estate in Liverpool and offering support to projects there.
He returned to TV a year later in BBC documentary From War to Amicable, which charted his journey to Argentina to return a trumpet taken as a war souvenir during the Falklands conflict.