A HUSBAND who punched and slapped his wife during a sustained drunken Carlisle attack has been spared prison.
Grant Nicholson lost his temper when he returned home on September 15 after a drinking session.
Nicholson, 45, accepted punching his wife of 15 years, Charlotta, “six or seven times”, slapping her “about the same number” and pushing her during what Carlisle Crown Court heard was a “sustained beating”.
Mrs Nicholson suffered a catalogue of injuries and a prosecutor spoke of “43 separate bruising sites” on her body, although the victim later reported “no lasting damage whatsoever” from them.
Her husband, of Tweedie Terrace, Annan, admitted an actual bodily harm assault charge, and was sentenced today (FRI).
Mrs Nicholson had penned a letter to the court speaking of the stress he had been under, saying she still loved him and that she didn’t want to see him jailed.
Noting Nicholson also had no previous convictions, had entered a prompt guilty plea and was described as being “disgusted with himself” for what was deemed to be a “genuinely isolated” offence, Recorder Kevin Grice suspended a 10-month jail term for two years.
Nicholson must also complete a specialist domestic violence offenders’ course as part of a two-year community order. The judge told him: “It was a disgraceful attack for which I believe you are now genuinely remorseful.”