A MAN who was drunk when he told his wife he would kill her if she left him has been sent on an alcohol course.
During a Boxing Day row Daniel Aaron Cox also said he was going to burn the house down with her inside it. His wife dialled 999 and he was later arrested.
Cox, 29, at the time of Alyndale Road in Saltney but bailed to an address in Powell’s Orchard, Handbridge, admitted assaulting his wife Anthea Cox, causing criminal damage to a bedroom door and possessing cocaine.
Appearing for sentence he was placed on a 12 month community order on condition that he attends 30 sessions of an alcohol treatment course. He was ordered to pay £50 compensation and £145 costs.
Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold was told Cox visited Chester city centre for a drink, then met up with his wife at her sister’s home in the evening.
They argued, the row continued at home where he was said to have run downstairs and started pulling her by the wrists.
He made offensive remarks, said he hated her and did not know why he had married her and she then heard him banging about upstairs. Cox had punched a hole in the bedroom door and had pulled items out of drawers.
It was alleged he had shouted that if she left he would kill her and would burn the house down with her inside.
The alarm was raised and a friend took Cox outside, but not before he kicked out at the fridge door.
Cox was arrested and taken to the police station where he was placed in a cell and a smock was put on him. It was then that police found cocaine, a class A drug.
Interviewed, Cox said he had been drinking whisky and pints with his uncle in a pub watching football. He visited his wife’s sister’s home and then returned home “laughing and joking”.
Cox denied calling his wife names but said he had drunk a bottle of pear wine while at the sister’s house.
He said he recalled walking home but did not remember anything after that but he denied saying he would kill her, adding he would not say such things.
He left the address for a while and he recalled being abusive to the police.
Cox said he did not know where the cocaine had come from. He did not have any money to buy it so someone must have given it to him. But he had not taken any that day, he said, and the prosecutor confirmed a drugs test proved negative.
District Judge Andrew Shaw told the court Cox’s wife was a vulnerable victim. He had abused his wife. It had been a traumatic incident for her but it was accepted there were no serious injuries.