Hus­band found wife ‘naked in back of car’ with another man

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

ARAGING hus­band hit his wife af­ter find­ing her ‘naked in the back of a car’ with another man. a court heard.

Robert An­drew New­ton, 37, saw red af­ter he got a phone call in the early hours of the morn­ing say­ing his wife was in a car park hav­ing sex with another man, the hear­ing was told.

New­ton, now of Sher­bourne Road, Mac­cles­field, ran from his home at the time to the car park and at­tacked the man and his wife.

Karen Saffman, pros­e­cut­ing, said the woman felt a ‘heavy blow’ to the head and lost con­scious­ness.

She said: “She was in the car with the man and sud­denly the door opened and the de­fen­dant was stood there with no top on.

“He grabbed the male and start­ing hit­ting him. He said ‘that’s my wife’ and started hit­ting her. She felt a heavy blow to her head and thinks that she lost con­scious­ness.

“She heard her friend ask­ing ‘what have you done?’ and she was taken to Wythen­shawe Hospi­tal.

“It was a sus­tained at­tack.”

New­ton, who is now liv­ing with his par­ents in Mac­cles­field but lived in Stock­port at the time, pleaded guilty at Stock­port Mag­is­trates to as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm and as­sault­ing the man, on April 22 in Stock­port.

The court was shown pho­tos of the woman’s blood­ied face af­ter the at­tack.

De­fend­ing, Lucy Glen- non said New­ton and his wife had an ar­gu­ment be­fore she went out with her friends. She said: “He re­ceived a phone call at 4.30am to say his wife was hav­ing sex with some­one in the lo­cal car park. [His wife] said she was only kiss­ing him, but she was naked and he thinks a sex­ual act was tak­ing place.

“He as­saulted the male and struck his wife twice, one was a blow to her face which caused in­jury to her tem­ple. He doesn’t ac­cept that she was un­con­scious. There’s a sig­nif­i­cant amount of provo­ca­tion and he shouldn’t have re­acted the way he did. He’s gen­er­ally re­spon­si­ble and this was an iso­lated in­ci­dent.”

New­ton told mag­is­trates he was sorry, adding: “I was in a re­la­tion­ship with some­one I loved and my heart has been bro­ken. I don’t know how I’m go­ing to get through this. I re­acted on the spur of the mo­ment.”

Mag­is­trates fined New­ton £165 for as­sault­ing his wife with no sep­a­rate penalty for at­tack­ing the man. He must pay £85 costs and £115 vic­tim sur­charge.

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