Man admits assault after throwing water over wife
A SOMERTON man assaulted his wife after claiming she had egged him on during a row at their home.
Gethin Edward Jones pushed her onto a sofa after she became physical towards him and then threw a glass of water over her.
When he appeared before Somerset Magistrates they were told that the couple had been going through a bad patch in their marriage and were now in the throes of divorce proceedings.
Jones, aged 43, of Vicarage Lane, pleaded guilty to assaulting Laura Jones by beating on April 20 when he was before a special domestic violence court.
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Prosecutor Courtney Daley said that following a special Newton court hearing the facts of the case were agreed that Jones had pushed the victim back onto a sofa during an argument.
"He then admitted throwing a glass of water over his wife and the couple are now divorcing as a result," she said.
Defending solicitor Neil Priest said that the couple were going through some acrimonious times and a divorce was now pending.
He said: "There was an altercation between them when Mrs Jones became physical towards my client and he pushed her back onto the settee.
"He had a glass of water in his hand and she wanted him to throw it over her and he accepted the invitation but knows he should not have."
He added that Jones had a good job and brought some excellent references to court with him.
The magistrates sentenced him to a 12 month community order with a requirement to carry out 40 hours unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay his wife £75 compensation along with £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.