A HUSBAND locked his wife in a garden shed during an argument after she insulted his dead mother.
At Truro Magistrates’ Court, Andrew Salmon, 42, of Malabar Road, Truro, pleaded guilty to assaulting Beverley Anne Salmon on February 6.
Gail Hawkley, for the CPS, said Mrs Salmon had arrived home from work to find the house locked, curtains drawn and her clothes in bags on the ground. Her husband told her: “It is my house now. You are not getting in.”
She managed to climb out of the shed after he locked her in it, then used her key to get in the house. He tried to put her out by grabbing her clothing, she slipped and fell over, and he tried to drag her out by her legs.
He followed her upstairs and they argued and Mrs Salmon threw a handful of his clothing out of the window. He threw her on the bed, got on top of her, ripped open her top, put his arm across her throat causing her to struggle for breath, and then grabbed, pulled and twisted each breast in turn.
She got free and phoned the police.
Questioned later, Salmon admitted punching her and said he was suffering from depression. His mother had died and his wife did not like her and had not been supportive or kind about the loss. He believed she was having an affair. He had locked her in the shed to “p…. her off”, knowing she could get out through the window.
On the bed he had not intended to choke her, she was pulling and kicking at him. He said their marriage had problems.
Salmon, who had no previous convictions, told the magistrates when his mother died, his wife had kept saying: “Ding dong, the witch is dead.”
“I was provoked but I am sorry for what I have done to my wife and regret everything I did. I was pushed towards it although I should not have done it.”
The case was adjourned for a probation report.