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Oldbury man spared jail after attack on partner
2:48pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A 46-YEAR-OLD Oldbury man who put his partner in fear of her life when he held what she thought was a knife to her throat after punching and kicking her has been spared jail.
Stewart Brooke was angry because he felt Gemma Walton had been chatting to other men when they were in a pub and he took umbrage - Howard Searle, prosecuting, told Wolverhampton Crown Court.
He said Brooke was waiting for Miss Walton when she returned to their home and she cuddled up into a ball when he punched the 26-year-old to the ground.
He then produced what was a spoon but she thought in her intoxicated state it was a knife and she felt she was going to be killed - Mr Searle said.
Brooke thought she had cheated on him after he left her in the pub and when she felt a sharp pain from the spoon she was convinced he was going to "end her life."
But the attack ended when a neighbour who had been woken by the noise began banging on the front door of the house and Miss Walton was able to make her escape.
She suffered scratches and bruising in the attack that left her feeling "sad, shocked and hurt" but she later stressed to police that Brooke was normally a "decent bloke."
Brooke, of Primrose Bank, Oldbury, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was given an eight-month jail term suspended for 18 months.
He was further placed on Supervision for 18 months and ordered by Recorder Leo Pyle to pay £150 towards the costs of the prosecution.
The Recorder told Brooke: “This was clearly a sustained and repeated assault. She was in her own home where she should have felt safe. But I accept this was very much an isolated incident - something she confirms."
Malcolm Fowler, defending, said Brooke had suffered enormously in terms of remorse for his actions, adding: "He accepts this was beastly behaviour but the bond between the pair is still warm."