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Alcoholic assaulted wife and sent abusive voicemails

Published date: 19 June 2014 |
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AN ALCOHOLIC has been jailed after he poured a bottle of cider over his wife’s head, pulled her hair and spat at her before bombarding her with abusive voicemails.

Jonathan Marrs, who has a history of abusive behaviour towards his wife Geraldine, had been drinking at home when he launched his latest attack on June 16.

Mrs Marrs had returned to the family home in Mill Lane, Great Barrow, near Chester, to find her husband drunk and slurring his words.

Amanda Cullen, prosecuting before West Cheshire Magistrates in Chester, said: “Mr and Mrs Marrs have been married for 26 years and Mrs Marrs says her husband has a drink problem.

“On June 16, Mr Marrs was drinking cider and began calling his wife names and abusing her. She was sitting in the living room when he poured a bottle of cider over her head, drenching her.”

Mrs Marrs went to bed but Marrs followed and spat at her, pulled her hair, threw a waste paper bin over her head and poured a glass of water over her at the same time as shouting abuse, the court heard.

Mrs Marrs eventually left and went to her parents while the police were called. In the meantime Marrs left 60 abusive voicemails for his wife.

Marrs was charged with assault.

In a statement to the court, Mrs Marrs said she no longer wanted her husband at the family home for fear of what might happen next.

Adrian Evans, defending, said: “Mr Marrs’ recollection of events is very hazy, but he is very remorseful for his actions.

“He is deeply ashamed and accepts he does have an alcohol problem which has led to these circumstances. He knows he has a problem and wants to tackle it.”

Magistrates sentenced Marrs to 12 weeks in prison.

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