Breaking up is too hard for ex-husband

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A MAN who cannot accept his marriage is over landed in the dock after a vicious attack on his former wife.

Her teenage son had to intervene to protect Marie King from further injury, Doncaster Crown Court was told.

Former husband James Neville King had also broken the terms of a restraining order by visiting her home in Westmorland Lane, Denaby.

The 38-year-old thug, of South Street, Hyde Park, received a four month prison sentence after pleading guilty to common assault on Mrs King and for the breach of the order imposed at a previous court hearing.

The order forbade King from going within 50 metres of her home after their 16-year marriage broke up about 18 months ago because of previous violence.

But the couple met at her daughter’s house in Mexborough and Mrs King agreed that he could go back to her house to stay overnight, said Megan Rhys, prosecuting.

There were no difficulties, said Miss Rhys, but when he returned the following afternoon to collect some belongings he slammed the back door open, grabbed her by the throat and called her “a whore”.

She fell to the floor and, despite her screaming, the defendant launched himself at her but her 17-year-old son stopped him and tried to get him out of the house.

King shouted that he would kill her and her son again intervened and managed to prevent him getting back in the house before police arrived.

King left the scene but was apprehended after a short chase and refused to answer any police questions.

Miss Rhys said King had a criminal record going back to 1990 for burglary, attempted robbery, criminal damage, assault, possessing an offensive weapon and using threatening behaviour, which had resulted in the restraining order.

Defence counsel Kath Goddard said King’s 16-year marriage was the only relationship he had ever valued and he was having difficulty walking away from it, which had been made more difficult by contact with Mrs King.

While in custody on remand he had made progress towards controlling his drinking problem and he now had “the incentive to start planning for a future on his own”, said Ms Goddard.

The judge, Recorder Rodney Jameson, QC, told King the restraining order would remain in place and he must not approach Mrs King’s new address.