JEALOUSY over a text message caused a violent argument between a married couple.
Simon Bilton, of Pretoria Road, Grantham, was not with his wife for most of Father’s Day this year, but when they met up an argument started. He admitted assault by beating.
Jill Derby, prosecuting, said: “The victim had been out and she had received a text from a school friend who is male. Bilton accused her of having an affair. He saw a mark on her neck and accused her of having a love bite.”
A short time later the argument seemed to diffuse and after putting the children to bed the couple settled on the sofa to have a bottle of wine.
But the conversation got back on to the topic of the text message.
Ms Derby said Bilton, 39, grabbed his wife by the left arm and forced her backwards. The victim threw her wine glass and it smashed against the wall. He then pushed her backwards into the kitchen and bent her backwards over the work top. He grabbed her by the throat making it difficult to breathe.
Rory Macmillan, defending, said the couple, who have eight children between them, have a stressful relationship.
He said: “It was the red mist that made him grab her, he accepts he shouldn’t have done it.”
The day after the victim tried to drop the charges. They are planning to have counselling.
Bilton was fined £330 plus costs and victim surcharge.