A FATHER-of-two has been jailed for raping his wife, kicking her in the head and wounding her with a knife in a Chester street.
The man, from Wrexham, was also found guilty of raping his ex-wife, and previously admitted perverting the course of justice by trying to convince a witness not to give evidence in court.
It took jurors just a day to return their unanimous verdicts, following a 10-day trial at Chester Crown Court.
Over the course of the hearing, they heard how the man’s current wife and mother of his children had been forced to endure a year of hell culminating in a violent showdown outside a takeaway restaurant in Boughton, Chester, on September 3 last year.
He had followed her in his car after she had spent the evening with a work colleague.
They were driving in Union Street at about 9.30pm when he veered in front of her car and jumped out before punching her companion in the head and biting his fingers, the court heard.
He then grabbed a kitchen knife from the Midnight Express kebab shop, and an ensuing struggle left his wife with a deep cut across the hand.
Judge Roger Dutton sentenced him to two years for unlawful wounding and 12 months for assaulting the work colleague.
The longest individual sentence was for eight years, handed to the man for intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to his wife on August 31, 2012, leaving her needing metal plates to fix her jaw.
Speaking from behind a screen during the trial, she told jurors how her husband had “jumped on her head” and kicked it “like a football” after she had accused him of seeing another woman.
“He pushed me down and started kicking,” she told the court. “He was just holding me down, kicking and jumping on my head. I couldn’t open my mouth. I felt like I had lost all my teeth.
“It hurt... and it hurt inside because I knew the reason why my husband had done this to me.”
The defendant claimed his wife had fallen down the stairs in the dark.
He also faced six counts of rape – five against his current wife and one against his ex-wife from 2004.
Prosecution barrister Karl Scholz told the court: “His view was that she was his wife and he sought to exercise dominion over her which involved the right to have sex, regardless of her wishes.”
Harbinder Lally, defending, had suggested both women had made up their stories as they knew the defendant had been on the verge of leaving them at the time. He maintained sex had always been consensual.
But giving evidence to interviewing police officers, the man’s current wife had said: “He said it was my duty to sleep with him because I’m married to him. He left me there crying and feeling so dirty. It didn’t feel right at all.
“After he would say, ‘See! You’re my wife. It didn’t kill you; you’re still alive’.
“It was a year of hell. It’s something I feel so ashamed of and embarrassed. Everyone should see him as a loving dad, not as aggressive and violent.”
The defendant was found guilty of two counts of rape against his current wife, each of which carried a concurrent five year sentence. The jury also found him guilty of raping his ex-wife, for which he received a three year sentence.
He was sentenced to a total of 27 years, but as some sentences are to run concurrently he will spend up to 19 years behind bars.