Divorce agony sparked knife-throwing furore

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A man upset at finding out his wife wanted a divorce ended up throwing a kitchen knife, a court has heard.

A judge said it would have been a very frightening incident for Bernard Stevens’ wife.

Stevens, 61, has been given a suspended prison term over what happened in November last year.

The defendant of Luton Road, Anchorsholme, had admitted a chargeof affray. He had been cleared of charges of attempted wounding and common assault.

Preston Crown Court heard that Stevens had received a letter from his wife’s solicitors, stating she wanted a divorce. He had been very upset about that.

He had gone on to wave a knife around and ended up throwing it at a window, vaguely in her direction, said the judge.

Mark Lamberty, proecuting, said the parties had not been in contact with each other since.

Paul Humphries, defending, said: “He was very frustrated and upset at the prospect of splitting up from his wife. There was a moment of madness. He did not throw the knife towards his wife and he was not close to her.”

Stevens was given four months prison, suspended for a year and told to pay a £80 statutory surcharge.

He had no previous convictions. Judge Andrew Woolman told him his wife would have been very frightened by what happened.

He accepted it had been an extremely distressing time in the defendant’s life.

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