Man marks own neck with fork

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A MAN who grabbed his wife’s throat and scratched his own neck with a fork to try and get her in trouble has told a court that he ‘couldn’t be more sorry’.

David James Bryant, 50, of Lake Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty to assault by beating at Bury Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Prosecuting, Naomi Turner said that on July 10, Bryant and his wife Tracey had been drinking in the Old Canon Brewery, in Bury, when they started arguing and Mrs Bryant left to get a taxi home.

Her husband followed and once home she told him that she was leaving him, at which point he became aggressive, grabbed her by her throat and threw her on to the bed.

Tracey pushed him off her and, at around 10.30pm, called police but, before officers arrived, Bryant scratched his neck with a fork and said that he would tell police that she did it, said Mrs Turner.

In interview, Bryant admitted that he had fallen out with his wife after saying, ‘I wish my partner hadn’t died, then I wouldn’t be with you,’ added Mrs Turner.

In mitigation, Nicholas Wray said that the Turners’ marriage was a relatively new one and had come under strain as a result of ‘moving from pillar to post in multiple occupancy accommodation’.

He described Bryant as a man of previous good character and said that he and his wife had both been drinking on the night of the incident.

Bryant, who is now reconciled with his wife, was conditionally discharged for nine months and ordered to pay costs of £85.