Husband jailed for two years
8:59am Wednesday 20th February 2013 in News
AN angry husband who attacked his wife at the residential care home where she works before trying to gouge her lover’s eyes out has been jailed for two years.
Bolton Crown Court heard that on Christmas Eve, Joseph Hickey, furious about the acrimonious break-up of his marriage, turned up at Southlands Residential Care Home in Breightmet where estranged wife Linda Hickey works.
Hickey punched his wife in the face, breaking her nose, and she fell to the floor where he continued to kick and stamp on her and pull her hair until other members of staff stopped him.
Judge Davies told him: “Four members of staff couldn’t get you off her, such was the extent of your rage.” Hickey, aged 45, of Gregory Avenue, Breightmet, then drove to Bradford Street, Farnworth — the home of Mrs Hickey’s new partner — where he forced his way in and attacked Adam Davenport.
At one point he attempted to gouge out his eyes before being forced out of the house.
“It was a premeditated and deliberate assault,” commented Judge Davies.
Not satisfied, Hickey then brought a knife from his van and slashed the tyres of Mr Davenport’s car before smashing the vehicle and house windows.
Hickey pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm, two counts of criminal damage and a further charge of carrying a knife in public.
Judge Davies also issued a restraining order to run for two years, prohibiting Hickey from contacting Mrs Hickey or Mr Davenport or their home.