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Ex-husband damaged woman's car after row

Published date: 01 July 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN has admitted damaging his estranged wife’s car, threatening her and sending abusive messages to her new partner.
Barry Ian Wright, of Queen Elizabeth Drive, Oswestry, pleaded guilty to harassment and criminal damage at a hearing in Shrewsbury Magistrates Court but the case was adjourned for sentence so the probation service could write a report.
The court heard Wright took care of the couple’s youngest two children while Sonia Wright, his ex-wife, cared for the eldest.
She had arrived at Wright’s home to collect the children and he asked her for some money towards the children’s pocket money
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Mike Phillips, prosecuting, said: “Sonia refused and the defendant became upset and abusive.
“He hit the door mirror of the car, knocking the plastic cover off.
“He then stood in Sonia’s way as she tried to put it back on.”
Wright then tried the car door and broke the handle off, causing £200 damage.
He later texted Mrs Wright’s partner to apologise for his behaviour but then began “airing his grievances” sending abusive messages threatening to “come round and kick the door in” as well as threatening violence towards his wife and claiming she had ruined his relationship.
Ceri Lewis, defending, claimed Wright had immediately admitted the charges to police and had been “wrongly charged” by the Crown Prosecution Service.
She explained the couple had been separated for about three years.
“Tension was high at this time,” she said.
“She was refusing to pay any child benefit to him and then she pushed Mr Wright and he’s grabbed the door handle.
“It was a reckless act, not an intentional one.
“He did apologise profusely for the damage to the vehicle,” defence added.
She claimed Mrs Wright had also made allegations about him on Facebook but he should not have reacted the way he did.
The case was adjourned until July 10 for sentence and Wright was bailed on the condition he does not enter Albert Road in Oswestry and does not contact Mrs Wright..
Mike Phillips, prosecuting, said: “Sonia refused and the defendant became upset and abusive.
“He hit the door mirror of the car, knocking the plastic cover off.
“He then stood in Sonia’s way as she tried to put it back on.”
Wright then tried the car door and broke the handle off, causing £200 damage.
He later texted Mrs Wright’s partner to apologise for his behaviour but then began “airing his grievances” sending abusive messages threatening to “come round and kick the door in” as well as threatening violence towards his wife and claiming she had ruined his relationship.
Ceri Lewis, defending, claimed Wright had immediately admitted the charges to police and had been “wrongly charged” by the Crown Prosecution Service.
She explained the couple had been separated for about three years.
“Tension was high at this time,” she said.
“She was refusing to pay any child benefit to him and then she pushed Mr Wright and he’s grabbed the door handle.
“It was a reckless act, not an intentional one.
“He did apologise profusely for the damage to the vehicle,” defence added.
She claimed Mrs Wright had also made allegations about him on Facebook but he should not have reacted the way he did.
The case was adjourned until July 10 for sentence and Wright was bailed on the condition he does not enter Albert Road in Oswestry and does not contact Mrs Wright.

 

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