Pensioner spared jail

Jean Crossland, 76, who is charged with assualt by beating, of her husband, leaves Scarborough Magistrate's Court''20 April 2015
Jean Crossland, 76, who is charged with assualt by beating, of her husband, leaves Scarborough Magistrate's Court''20 April 2015
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A pensioner who whacked her husband of 50 years with a rolling pin has been spared prison.

But Jean Crossland was warned by magistrates she could still be locked up if she fails to abide by the sentence imposed on her for repeatedly attacking husband John at their East Heslerton home.

And at Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, it emerged the 76-year-old was convicted last year of harassment against a different complainant.

Retired Crossland appeared at Scarborough Magistrates for sentencing following her conviction for the attack, in which she struck her husband’s ankles with the pin as he slept at their Carr Lane home.

In a later attack, she left him bruised after volleying punches at his face and body.

Last month’s trial heard how the violence had forced the couple to separate, with the victim moving in with the couple’s son.

In his testimony, Mr Crossland had said they had enjoyed a largely “reasonable” marriage until the last couple of years.

He added that since his retirement, he’d taken on a “carer role” and had been forced to “disregard” his hobbies.

Mr Crossland wasn’t present at the sentencing, with the court hearing how he’d visited his doctor due to “stress” suffered in the wake of the March attack.

The Crown Prosecution Service also claimed the ex-parish councillor has become “isolated” after moving in with his son, cut off from the village’s social scene.

Crossland, who experts claim doesn’t have dementia, had her arms folded as solicitor Nick Tubbs labelled the case a “sad state of affairs”.

She was handed a 12 month community order for the attack, which consists of supervised activity and told to pay costs totalling £680 within 28 days. Crossland groaned as the bench warned her that should she fail to do either, she could be jailed.