Gloucester Crown Court lifts order banning wife from contacting husband
At Gloucester Crown Court a judge has lifted an order banning a wife from contacting her husband after the wife served a prison sentence for stabbing the husband.
The wife was convicted in 2014 at the age of 82 of stabbing her then 69 year old husband after mistakenly believing he had had an affair. The attack was pre-meditated, with the wife preparing herself with scissors and a knife. The wife has been released on serving half her sentence with the husband forgiving her due to mitigating circumstances relating to previous traumatic events the wife had suffered. The wife required an order from the court allowing her contact with the husband which will initially be under supervision.
Domestic violence in any intimate relationship is inappropriate. First port of call should always be the police who can take criminal proceedings or at least issue a Police Information Notice (PIN) warning of the consequences of violent behaviour. The county court can grant injunctions under the Family Law Act and regulate occupation of the home by a violent spouse or partner. Women suffering from domestic violence can contact lighthousewa.org.uk for support. Men can contact mensadviceline.org.uk. Our solicitors can offer advice on legal rights.
Nicola Furmston is a solicitor and head of the Family team at Barker Gotelee.