A pensioner who battered his wife of 45 years was reported to the police by his son – a former police officer.
Michael Hackney punched his wife in the head telling her: “Haven’t you learnt after 45 years, when I tell you to keep your mouth shut you keep it shut.”
These were very serious offences and you put your wife in fear for her safety. Her injuries were extensive
The pensioner also thumped his wife so hard on another occasion that the top of her head hit a wall knocking a hole in it.
When Hackney’s wife told police what her husband had done she added: “I don’t know what he will do to me when he gets back. I think he could kill me.”
The police officer called to the case noted that Mrs Hackney’s injuries were ‘nothing short of appalling’.
Hackney, 66, of Bambers Walk, Wesham, pleaded guilty to two offences of assaulting his wife.
Presiding magistrate, Pamela Haslam, told him: “These were very serious offences and you put your wife in fear for her safety.
“Her injuries were extensive.”
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the day after the couple returned from a holiday in France on August 30, Mrs Hackney was talking to her husband in his bedroom.
He suddenly punched her on the side of the face, grabbed her by the throat and punched her again.
The next day the couple’s son was to visit them with the grandchildren.
Mrs Hackney did not want the grandchildren to see her considerably bruised face.
She phoned her son and admitted it when asked if her husband had hit her.
The son then contacted police.
When an officer arrived Mrs Hackney admitted that earlier in the year her husband had hit her and the top of her head had hit a wall, knocking a hole in the plaster.
She added she did not want to make a formal complaint because she loved him and didn’t want to give up on their marriage.
Michael Woosnam, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, admitted he had exploded when his wife mentioned returning to France because he thought the holiday had been a disaster.
Mr Woosnam added: “They quite clearly want to get back together.
“His wife is here in court today.
“She does not seek a restraining order against him. They both wish to continue their marriage.”
Hackney was sentenced to 18 weeks’prison suspended for two years, ordered to do up to 20 days’ rehabilitation supervised by the probation service and told to pay a £150 court charge with £300 costs plus £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.