Father sentenced for wife's assault

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 November 2010

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A FATHER-OF-TWO who threatened to kill his estranged wife before placing his teeth around her nose during a violent assault has been handed a restraining order.

Darren Gardiner, of Station Road in Congresbury, pleaded guilty to assault by beating at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges last month and was sentenced last week.

The 48-year-old attacked wife of four years, Sharon, at her home in Brinsea Road on September 18.

He grabbed her left arm and twisted it behind her back twice, before pushing her to the floor and heading towards her with a fist and threatening to kill her.

Gardiner then approached his wife with his mouth open, before closing his teeth around her nose, stopping short of biting her.

The court heard last week how Gardiner had been looking at old photos that day and says he will ‘until his dying he will regret his actions’.

As well as a 12-month restraining order, he was handed an 18-month community order with supervision requirement and was ordered to pay £85 costs.

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