A HUSBAND grabbed a knife from a Chester takeaway restaurant and attacked his wife in the street as he thought she was having an affair, a court heard.
The father-of-two, from Wrexham, is also alleged to have headbutted her and bitten the fingers of her work colleague after veering in front of them in his car on September 3 last year.
The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faces 11 charges which include wounding with intent and assault causing actual bodily harm.
He is also accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm on his wife in an incident a year previously in which he was said to have kicked her head “like a football”, fracturing her jaw and leaving her needing metal plates attached to the bone.
Furthermore, the man stands accused of five counts of rape against his wife, and a further count of rape against an ex-wife.
He denies all the charges, but has pleaded guilty to possessing a knife in a public place.
On the first day of the man’s trial at Chester Crown Court yesterday, prosecutor Karl Scholz told jurors the defendant had threatened to kill his wife, said he would smash up the family home and “would often strike and bite her”.
He added: “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.”
Describing the prosecution’s version of September’s street incident, he said the defendant had suspected his wife was having an affair and followed her in his car when she went out for drinks in Chester with a work colleague.
They were driving along Union Street in Boughton at about 9.30pm when he veered in front of her car and jumped out before punching her companion’s head, biting his fingers and stabbing her in the hand with an object, believed to be a key, when she tried to intervene.
Mr Scholz told the court: “The bites were powerful, drawing blood as if he were trying in effect to sever the digits.”
The defendant then ran to the nearby Midnight Express takeaway, ducked under the serving counter, grabbed a knife and ran back out into the street.
He was then said to have swung at her, leaving a 1cm deep cut in her palm before lunging at and missing her twice. It is alleged that the incident was witnessed by three bystanders. Just over a year prior to the attack, on August 31, 2012, the defendant’s wife accused him of having an affair and threatened to kill herself, Mr Scholz said.
He told jurors: “He dragged her from the bathroom on to the floor and punched her more than once in the face. She described what he was doing as if he was kicking a football. He fractured both her jaw bones and she had to undergo an operation in hospital and have three metal plates screwed to bones to pull them back in line. She still has the plates today.”
It is said that he then concocted a story with a friend stating that his wife had fallen down the stairs in the dark, to which she agreed to adhere at the time.
In relation to the alleged street attack, the defendant was also accused of – and subsequently pleaded guilty to – intending to pervert the course of justice by attempting to stop his wife from giving evidence against him.
“Why go to the lengths of trying to bribe her or threaten her not to give evidence?” Mr Scholz said.
“Does it not show that he recognised the fact that he was guilty?”
The court also heard from the man’s ex-wife, who claimed he had raped her on November 16, 2004.
She made a complaint against him at the time. Police did not proceed with the case but resurrected it after the his current wife accused him of the same offence.
However, defence counsel Harbinder Lally suggested she had made up the allegation after learning her husband intended to leave her for another woman.
“When you found out about the affair, that’s what triggered you to make the complaint against him,” he told her.
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