Wrexham man choked partner in drink-fuelled rage

Published date: 03 February 2014 |
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A MAN who attacked his partner then cut himself with a knife when police arrived to make it look as if he was the victim.

Mold Crown Court heard how Daniel Rogers, 27, lifted his top and inflicted superficial scratches on his chest.

He claimed his partner had done it – but police saw through his scam straight away because there was no damage to his clothing.

Rogers, of Cooper’s Close in Wrexham, admitted wounding his then partner Amanda Martin, the mother of his child, after he returned home from the pub with “Dutch courage” to tell her that he was in another relationship.

He received a 16-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, was placed on supervision and he was sent on a 27-session integrated domestic abuse course.

Judge Peter Heywood, who ordered him to pay £400 costs, said that on November 24 he returned home from the pub the worst for drink.

“No doubt with a degree of Dutch courage, you said you had been in a relationship with someone else and had wanted to tell her on earlier occasions.

That was “hugely upsetting” for her, an argument developed and when she went to use her mobile phone to send a Facebook message to the other woman, he grabbed it and threw it in the sink.

During the incident that followed, he tried to suffocate her with both hands over her mouth and she was panicking and struggling to breathe.

She managed to kick him off but he threatened to kill her or to get someone else to do it.

When she tried to get away, he struck her to the back of the head with a wine glass causing a wound.

He then tried to disguise the situation by turning a knife upon himself and scratching his torso in order to claim she had attacked him.

“Anyone listening to that situation could only be appalled,” Judge Heywood said.

She should have expected nothing but love and support from him.

It passed the custody threshold because it had been a sustained assault within her own home and he had used a glass as a weapon.

But after reading the pre-sentence report and listening to the mitigation,  he had reflected and had decided the prison sentence could be suspended.

He was of previous good character, he had pleaded guilty and spared his former partner the ordeal of reliving it all in court. He had acted out of character, and there was a low risk of him re-offending.

The defendant was now in a new relationship and the domestic violence programme would ensure  he was better equipped not to behave in that way again.

David Mainstone, prosecuting, said Miss Martin had been his partner for three years and they had a two-year- old child.

That night he returned home from the pub at 9.30 pm and admitted he had been seeing another woman.

Upset by that, she tried to use her mobile phone to send the other woman a Facebook message but he tried to stop her.

He grabbed her mobile phone and threw it in the sink, shouted at her, and pulled her down onto a sofa.

The defendant began to suffocate her by putting his hands over her mouth which scared her.

He said he would kill her or get someone else to do it.

When she managed to kick him off, he came at her again and put his hands over her mouth and nose.

Mr Mainstone said that she could not breathe easily, tried to push him off and began to panic.

Oliver King, defending, said that it was a one-off incident completely out of character by a man who had never been in trouble before.

He had led a responsible and law-abiding life but there had been an outpouring of emotion that night.

The defendant acted disgracefully but had never acted like that before.

He was now in a new relationship and a suspended sentence with a domestic violence course would be a far more constructive sentence.

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