Market Deeping man reversed his car into wife after row, court hears

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A husband reversed his car into his wife after she had told him she no longer wanted to be with him after 18 years of marriage.

Paul Knight, 38, of Towngate East, Market Deeping, admitted assaulting his wife by beating on April 1 in Bourne.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare, told Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday that Knight had health problems and suffered fits and loss of consciousness when he got stressed. He said Knight’s wife complained of him controlling her and that their marriage had suffered problems in the past five years.

Mr Clare said on April 1 Knight came home from work and his wife told him she no longer wanted to be with him. An argument broke out.

He got into his car, shouting at her saying he was going to damage her car. He reversed his car towards hers, but his wife stood between the cars and he drove his Vauxhall van into her legs causing bruising. He then drove off a short distance before returning to the house to apologise but she told him to leave.

Mr Clare added that Knight contacted the police to ask them to go round to the house to check on his wife. In a police interview he said that he accepted his marriage was over but that he still loved his wife.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said Knight disputed that he was controlling. Mr Pye-Smith said: “It’s obvious he did not deliberately drive at her. He accepts his actions were reckless. There was no intenion to cause her any harm at all.”

Mr Pye-Smith said that since the incident Knight, a self-employed scaffolder, had been living in a caravan and he expected to get a divorce.

Magistrates fined Knight £85 and ordered him to pay £100 in compensation. He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.