Jealous ambulance service chief, 55, faces jail for grappling with naked love rival and slapping his estranged Thai wife after finding them in hotel room together
- Mike Morgan, 55, attacked his wife, Rossalin, and her new lover, Neil Bannister
- He became suspicious after seeing his wife’s car outside hotel where she worked
- Burst into room and pulled love rival from shower then fought with him on bed
A jealous ambulance service chief is facing jail for grappling with a naked love rival and slapping his estranged Thai wife after finding them in a hotel room together.
Mike Morgan, 55, attacked his wife, Rossalin, and her new lover, Neil Bannister, after becoming suspicious when he saw her car parked outside the Coniston Hotel, near Skipton, magistrates heard.
Morgan, who founded Event Medical Services – a private ambulance fleet which provided cover at the London Olympics – had already suspected that his partner of 15 years had met another man.
Rossalin, who is originally from Thailand, separated from her husband in June and he had moved out of the family home, said prosecutor Nadine Clough, adding that she believed Morgan had a new girlfriend.
Mike Morgan, 55, attacked his wife, Rossalin, (who he is pictured with) and her new lover, Neil Bannister, after becoming suspicious when he saw her car parked outside the Coniston Hotel, near Skipton, magistrates heard
Nonetheless, Morgan became angry after seeing Rossalin with another man at the Coniston Hotel, where she worked as a cleaner.
When he challenged her about him she said it was ‘none of his business’ and he responded with abusive text messages which included a threat to put naked photos of her, taken with her consent when they were together, on Facebook.
Then on October 10, Rossalin and Mr Bannister had booked into the Coniston Hotel for a long weekend when Morgan drove past and saw her car outside.
He pulled into the car park and went looking for her, eventually finding her room, the court heard.
Rossalin answered in ‘a state of undress’ and Morgan saw a naked man in the shower.
He slapped his wife and dragged Mr Bannister from the water, pushed him against a doorframe and punched him.
Mr Bannister managed to get hold of Morgan and held him face down on the bed, asking if he was going to calm down.
Morgan continued to be abusive, calling his wife a ‘horrible woman’ and refusing to shake hands with the other man on his way out of the room.
Mr Bannister suffered scratches and bruises, while Rossalin told her husband she did not want her husband to contact her again, the court heard.
Rossalin, (pictured) who is originally from Thailand, separated from her husband in June and he had moved out of the family home, said prosecutor Nadine Clough, adding that she believed Morgan had a new girlfriend
Morgan, of previous good character, was still fond of his wife, the court heard in mitigation.
He had hoped their marriage was not over but she believed he should move on.
John Mewies said Morgan was remorseful but had ‘come across a scene that he could barely believe’.
He had entered the hotel lobby and had thought something strange because staff appeared to be ‘sniggering slightly’, said Mr Mewies.
Morgan is a director of EMS, which has a fleet of emergency response vehicles
‘He knocked on the door, his wife answered. She was in a state of undress and he saw a naked man in the shower. He lost his temper and there was a bit of a fracas in the hotel room,’ said Mr Mewies.
Morgan was deeply affected by what had happened, and had been deeply upset and emotional, added Mr Mewies.
‘He is deeply affected by this, but it is a situation not of his making. He came across a scene that he could barely believe.’
Morgan admitted the assault by beating of both his wife and Mr Bannister on October 10, and to harassment without violence of Rossalin Morgan between October 4 and October 10.
Magistrates adjourned sentencing for reports to January 15 and warned Morgan they were not ruling out a possible custodial sentence.
After the hearing his estranged wife said at the former family home in North Yorkshire: ‘We were not together when this happened, we have split up.’
Morgan is a director of EMS, which has a fleet of emergency response vehicles and a team of staff including first-aiders, medics, nurses, paramedics, doctors, fire marshals and water rescue personnel.
As well as playing a role at the Olympics the firm has also provided emergency medical cover on the sets of Coronation Street, Heartbeat, Shameless and Emmerdale.
Morgan was one of three founders of Event Medical Services (EMS) in 2002 and saw it grow into one of the UK’s leading independent ambulance companies.
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