FALK­LANDS HERO BEAT UP PAL HE FOUND HAV­ING SEX WITH WIFE Then sent naked pics to man’s mis­sus – but is spared jail

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GUILTY: David Hen­der­son A FALK­LANDS vet­eran who bat­tered his friend after catch­ing him hav­ing sex with his wife has been spared jail – be­cause of his “calm” char­ac­ter.

David Hen­der­son flew into a rage when he found es­tranged wife Louise, 44, romp­ing with his pal Martin Con­boy, 49.

He at­tacked Mr Con­boy for five min­utes, punch­ing him re­peat­edly in the face and head which needed 23 stitches.

Hen­der­son, 52, then took pho­tographs of the naked pair and texted them to Mr Con­boy’s wife Sharon after the at­tack on July 16.

Hen­der­son, of Coventry, ad­mit­ted griev­ous bod­ily harm and ma­li­ciously send­ing the pics when he ap­peared at War­wick Crown Court.

He was handed a 10-month sen­tence, sus­pended for 18 months, and or­dered to do 200 hours of un­paid work.

Judge Mark Wall QC told Hen­der­son: “Rarely have I seen such a strong ar­ray of tes­ti­mo­ni­als – they all de­scribe you as pro­fes­sional and calm and mea­sured.

“It is clear you are highly re­garded, and it is a tragedy that things went so very badly wrong.

“I ac­cept there was an emo­tional back­ground to what hap­pened.

“You be­lieved she was hav­ing a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with an­other man, and you de­cided to check that she was all right – and to check whether your sus­pi­cions were true.

“You let your­self in and found her en­gaged in sex­ual acts with a per­son you had con­sid­ered to be a friend.

“You lost your tem­per and punched that man sev­eral EX: Louise times, and he had very nasty fa­cial in­juries.

“I ac­cept there was no pre­med­i­ta­tion. It was an up­set­ting sit­u­a­tion to which you re­acted.”

Hen­der­son joined the Army as an 18-year-old and served in North­ern Ire­land as well as the Falk­lands War in 1982.

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