A husband who knocked his wife unconscious and snatched their baby daughter has been jailed, despite his wife sending a letter of support for him to court.
Wayne Pollard flew into a jealous rage when he found two men at his estranged wife’s home, and went on a wrecking spree.
Pollard, 29, of Manchester Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to assault, damage and theft of his wife’s phone.
He was sentenced to 10 weeks’ imprisonment and ordered to pay his wife £100 for the ordeal she had suffered, plus £580 for the damage with £80 victims’ surcharge by District Judge David Stott, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
The judge told him: “This was a dreadful offence. You got yourself drunk, became insanely jealous, knocked your wife down, took your daughter and rampaged about.”
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the couple had been together for about five years, but recently split up.
On April 10, at about 10pm, Pollard arrived at his wife’s home extremely drunk.
Two male friends of his wife were there.
Pollard hit his wife in the face, and she was knocked unconscious. When she came round her nose was bleeding.
He then left and repeatedly punched and dented a car his wife had outside. Half-an-hour later, he returned with his sister.
He smashed the television, and then snatched his 10-month-old daughter, who was asleep in her bed.
His wife was trying to phone the police, so he grabbed her phone.
He still had the child and his sister drove them off.
When interviewed by police, Pollard said he was angry and took the child because he did not want her there with men in the house.
Carole Clarke, defending, said her client, who had no previous convictions, had no recollection of his wife being unconscious.
Pollard was full of remorse.
Ms Clarke said Pollard’s wife had written a letter to the court in which she said he was not a bad father, it had been an isolated incident and she did not want a restraining order imposed which would prevent him from seeing his family.