A MAN launched a sustained Christmas Day assault on his wife of 40 years after he realised she had not bought him any presents.
James Green, 60, of Cromwell Road, Scarborough, had agreed with his wife in the run-up to Christmas that they would not exchange gifts, Scarborough Magistrates’ Court was told.
However, Green broke the agreement and bought presents for his wife, and when he realised she had not reciprocated, he pulled her down by the hair and punched her in the face several times before digging his fingernails into her face and twisting them.
Prosecutor Kathryn Reeve said the assault, which lasted an hour-and-a-half, was the latest of many over the past half-decade. She added: “She has suffered in silence for five years and that day had the courage to open up to officers.”
The woman’s ordeal ended when Green fell asleep on the sofa. She told her grown-up son what had happened and he notified the police.
Miss Reeve added: “She had visible facial injuries which she said had been caused by her husband.”
After Green was arrested, he claimed that his wife was an alcoholic and denied the assault, but he then pleaded guilty when he appeared in court.
The victim has supported an application for a restraining order against her husband.
Caroline Wyatt, mitigating, said that her client could not recall the incident, but accepted his guilt.
She added: “This was not a pleasant incident and it is one he deeply regrets. He tells me it had been a very happy marriage.
“He bought her quite a substantial amount of presents and was upset. He has spent some time in custody and has come to the realisation that things need to change.”
A report will be prepared on Green before he is sentenced. All options, including a jail term, will be open.
Green was released on conditional bail ahead on the sentencing hearing, which is due to take place on January 11.