Shameless ex-RAF officer who abused wife begs public to fund bid to clear name

An RAF commander who was convicted of abusing his wife after accusing her of cheating on him is crowdfunding cash in a bid to clear his name.

Allan Steele, 46, was found guilty of threatening or abusive behaviour in 2016 after ex Linzi, 47, claimed he branded her a "slut" during a row at a house in Ayrshire.

He was also accused of grappling with Linzi in a bid to seize her laptop which Allan believe contained evidence of an affair.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court was told his ex-wife stumbled and fell on to a bed during the row, the Daily Record reported.

Steele was found not guilty of an assault charge and later appealed the remaining verdict Sheriff Appeal Court in Edinburgh to but his bid was rejected.

The military man, a former wing commander, has now launched a fundraising campaign claiming he is the victim.

His GoFundMe page – which has been supported by veterans around the globe – is seeking £25,000 to fund an appeal against his conviction.

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He said: "This was a difficult decision for me but I’ve been trying to fight this for the best part of five years quietly and methodically.

"This conviction has been following me everywhere and ruins my life on a daily basis.

"I’m going to tell my story now."

So far the page has raised just £1,395 from 29 donors, but Steele last night defended the crowdfunding campaign.

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Along side a donation, a donor said: "Allan is dedicated to serving all who need his help and to fighting injustice. Good luck in obtaining it for yourself."

Domestic abuse campaigners said the page is just another example of a perpetrator seeking to "minimise" and "take no responsibility" for their behaviour.

The GoFundMe appears to breach against the crowdfunding site's rules of support criminals, although the website has not taken it down.

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