Man behind viral gown that ‘broke the web’ strangled spouse leaving

The man behind the dress that “broke the internet” has admitted to strangling his wife.

Keir Johnston, 38, appeared at the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday (May 9) pleading guilty to an attack on his wife that has been described as “terrifying” Grace Johnston. The Daily Record reports that the incident left her “fearing for her life”.

Johnston, from the Isle of Colonsay off the west coast of Scotland, has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on June 6.

“#TheDress” became a viral sensation after seemingly most of the world was left scratching its head over the true colour of the infamous garment.

The dress that 'broke the internet'
The dress that ‘broke the internet’

Many thought the dress, taken of his mother-in-law’s outfit on his wedding day in 2015, was white, others gold-blue and others black. All thought the others were wrong.

The super rich and famous weighed in, with Kim Kardashian even saying she and her then-husband Kanye West had argued over it at the time.

The Johnstons were even invited onto the Ellen DeGeneres Show where they got given $10,00 and a trip to Canada, the Independent reports.

But now, the Scottish court heard how Grace had lived in fear of her husband, according to the Record.

“There is no permanent police presence on the island, and she was in a situation where she felt trapped,” Chris Macintosh, prosecutor for the Crown, told Lady Drummond and the court.

The court heard how an altercation over a job interview on the mainland had led to him throwing her to the ground. “Johnston woke up and said that he was going to leave her. She went outside the property to stop him leaving. He followed her and pinned her to the ground,” Mr Macintosh said, according to The Record.

The High Court, Glasgow
The High Court, Glasgow

“He placed both knees on her arms, so she was unable to move. He then began strangling her with both his hands.

“She was initially able to scream and feared for her life and believed Johnston intended to kill her as he was very forceful,” Mr Macintosh said that despite suffering severe bruising, Ms Johnston did not require medical treatment.

Lawyers for Johnston said he had accepted responsibility for the assault. Lady Drummond denied bail, placing him in custody, saying: “I have no need to tell you that this is a serious and violent offence.

“You repeatedly strangled her, injured her and put her life in danger in what must have been absolutely terrifying circumstances for her. I am afraid, Mr Johnston, that your status has now changed, you have been convicted of a very serious crime and you will be remanded meantime.”

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