Father ‘flipped’ in row at home

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A FATHER-OF-FOUR was described as ‘flipping out’ and grabbing a knife after arguing with his wife.

Ian Stuteley, a 48-year-old house-husband, of Spring Gardens, St Annes, admitted breach of the peace and was bound over in the sum of £250 for 12 months by District Judge Alan Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Nicola Corney, prosecuting, said Stuteley’s wife told police they had been married 24 years but over the past months there had been a breakdown in communication between them.

The couple had an argument at about 10pm on April 15 and Stuteley started ranting and raving. He got two suitcases and started to pack his belongings.

Family members tried to calm him down but he swung punches at one of them. He then grabbed a knife from the kitchen, but was eventually persuaded to drop it.

Stuteley said he had intended to harm nobody but himself with the knife and added: “It was a domestic which got completely out of hand.

“I do not want to be here again, I have learnt my lesson. I had been on anti-depressants and I may have to go back on them.”

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