Husband glassed wife on a night out
11:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A HUSBAND smashed a wine glass over his wife's head during a night out at a Swindon pub.
Edward Rowe carried out the attack without any warning while the couple were with two friends at the Sir Daniel Arms in Fleet Street.
His wife, Simone, collapsed to the floor as he walked away following the assault and needed treatment for a head wound.
Rowe, 31, pleaded guilty at Swindon Magistrates' Court yesterday to assault causing actual bodily harm. Prosecutor Nick Barr told the court the couple had been out with friends before falling out over a past episode in their relationship.
He said: “Around 1am in the morning of October 4, the defendant poured a glass of wine over his wife’s head then smashed the glass over her causing lacerations to the top of her head."
The attack was witnessed by other customers and bar staff, Mr Barr said.
He told the court: “Following the assault Mr Rowe walks off and she puts her hand to her head, standing up, and then collapses to the floor.”
Mrs Rowe, who needed butterfly stitches for her wound, attended the hearing having apparently forgiven her husband.
Mr Barr said: “She does not condone what he has done but I think reading between the lines she is prepared to have him back.”
She told the court he had accepted his “dreadful” actions and was otherwise a “dedicated family man” who had been separated from his wife since the assault.
District Judge Simon Cooper told Rowe: “I describe your act as being a reckless one responding to emotional trauma done by a man of good character out of the blue with no pre-meditation.
“The sentence you will get will very likely be one just within this court’s powers to impose.”
However Judge Cooper ruled that the case needed to be sent to Swindon Crown Court for sentencing and granted Rowe bail with a time and date to be fixed.
He told Rowe: “I’m bound by my sentencing guidelines, which indicate to me the proper place for sentencing for glassing cases of this nature is in the crown court.
“That’s where you must be sent. I have asked for a probation report to be prepared on you for the judge to read before sentencing and you will be on bail between now and then.”