Man’s guilty plea after violent attack on wife

A 52-YEAR-OLD man has pleaded guilty to a domestic assault in which he punched his wife in the face.

Brian David Groom was living in High Hauxley, near Amble, but is now living back with his wife Tracy in Bedlington.

He had originally pleaded not guilty to the assault which happened on his birthday – Sunday, February 19, but changed his plea before the trial on Tuesday at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court.

Groom’s wife did not want her husband prosecuted and was not going to give evidence, but five other witnesses had seen the attack at around 5pm.

The court heard that one witness saw Groom punch his wife ‘full in the face so hard she fell on the floor and rolled on the floor crying’.

Another witness recalled how he then shook her around ‘as if she was a rag doll’.

Paul Dunn, defending, described how the couple had been out celebrating his birthday when they got into an argument, which became a ‘very, very heated domestic argument’.

He added that when the police first spoke to Mrs Groom ‘even at that early stage she was saying ‘no, no I don’t want him prosecuted’, and that the couple have been living together again since February 29 without any problems.

The case was adjourned to Monday, May 21 for probation reports to be prepared. Groom is on unconditional bail.