A LEEK man threatened his wife with a knife after discovering she was having an affair.
Market trader Adrian Findlow, aged 26, was said to be an “emotional wreck” after finding Danielle Findlow had been sending intimate messages to another man on social networking site Facebook.
The father-of-two then challenged his partner about her secret relationship before pulling out a knife.
Prosecutor Adam Warner told magistrates at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Thursday, August 7: “Two weeks prior to the assault he had got the feeling that his partner had been having a relationship.
“He went on to her Facebook account and found some intimate messages.
“The pair had a big row and the claimant ran at him with a raised arm.
“He grabbed both her arms by the biceps in a sort of bear hug to restrain her. He said she started goading him.
“Then he went into the kitchen to grab a knife. He walked towards her with the knife in his hand with the blade pointed down.
“She backed off and she stumbled backwards over the settee. He then dropped the knife and left the house. He said she would have been scared.”
Findlow, of Duke Street, Leek, pleaded guilty to common assault following the incident on June 26.
David Green, mitigating, told the court: “When the complainant attacked Mr Findlow he was acting in self-defence.
“She continued to goad him. He picked up the knife with its point towards the ground.
“Mr Findlow has been extremely open with the probation service.
“He’s remorseful but he was in shock at his wife’s infidelity.
“He was an emotional wreck and said he should not have picked up the knife. He said he only wanted to frighten her.
“He has now left the family home. He said that the relationship is not going to continue and he wishes to seek a divorce.”
Mr Green added: “Mr Findlow had a very sad upbringing and it’s remarkable that he’s turned that around and managed to get himself what was a very good relationship.
“He was quite frank with police when he pleaded guilty to an assault without beating. He wouldn’t have even been prosecuted if it wasn’t for himself as the complainant declined to make a statement.”
Magistrates ordered Findlow to pay a £75 fine and an additional £105 in court costs.