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Man left his wife terrified


A woman, left“terrified” after her husband made a chilling and violent threat to her at their home, has since died, Perth Sheriff Court was told last week.

SheriffWil­liamWood offered his condolence­s to 55 year-old Christophe­r Chapman, of Pathgreen Farm, Path of Condie.

He acknowledg­ed her passing had a “devastatin­g effect”on him, despite their turbulent relationsh­ip.

Lawyer David Sinclair asked that the sheriff consider admonishin­g his client.

But a Community Payback Order, which will involve the accused being supervised for nine months, was imposed.

The court was told previously that Chapman put his fist up to his wife’s face and shouted he could“put her nose through to the other side of her face – and there would be a lot of blood.”

She contacted the police and the accused was found sitting outside their home.

Sentence on

Chapman had been deferred for reports – and his good behaviour – after he admitted that on October 30, 2019, at his home, he acted in an aggressive manner towards his wife by shouting and threatenin­g her with violence.

He had not been in any previous trouble and special bail conditions banning him from approachin­g or contacting her had earlier been removed after she submitted an e-mail asking that he be allowed to return home.

Imposing the supervisio­n, Sheriff Wood told him: “Although you appear as a first offender, I can’t ignore your very candid explanatio­n to the social worker about your behaviour.”

He told Chapman he should not look on the order as a“punishment” but could help prevent any further, similar behaviour occurring in the future.

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