Husband made threats to stab wife, court told

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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Halloween turned into a nightmare for a married couple who ended up confronting each other with a knife.

A row over the front door being left open escalated into violence between the couple who had known each other 40 years.

David Wickenden told his wife he was going to teach her a lesson before putting her in a headlock and punching her in the face.

He then grabbed a bread knife and started waving it at her. His wife grabbed another knife from a chopping block for self-protection, before managing to disarm her husband and lock herself in the bathroom of their Blackpool home.

Wickenden, 58, of St Christophers Road, Preston, pleaded guilty to assault.

Wickenden was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to his wife, a £150 court charge, £85 costs and £80 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Margaret McCormack sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court who said the incident must have been a terrifying ordeal for the defendant’s wife.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Wickenden had been drinking when his wife returned and found the front door wide open on October 31. There was an argument about the door and Wickenden attacked his wife, saying he would “do her” with the knife.

Martin Hillson, defending, said Wickenden had no intention of using the knife on his wife. Their relationship was now over.

Wickenden was sentenced to 16 weeks in jail suspended for 12 months, with up to 20 days’ rehabilitation to be supervised by the Probation Service and ordered to do 40 hours’ unpaid work for the community.