A HUSBAND who fractured his wife’s eye socket during a violent argument was jailed for 15 months.
Paul O’Malley, 43, admitted causing grievous bodily harm during a row at their former matrimonial home in Ropsley.
Lincoln Crown Court heard O’Malley became jealous after his wife stayed out with friends the previous night. The couple had both been drinking when O’Malley pressed his face towards his wife and turned violent.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said O’Malley pulled a chain from around his wife’s neck, leaving two scratches, and then tried to remove her wedding ring. He then threw her across the sofa and pulled her hair.
Mr Howes added: “She did not see what happened next, but describes feeling a shocking blow to the right side of her eye.”
The was court was told O’Malley told his wife to stop “whining”, but then went to get some ice when he saw the injury. His wife later fled the house and later told police she had never felt so scared.
Philip Farr, mitigating, said the couple were now reconciled but O’Malley was also waiting to be sentenced for a second assault on his wife where he pulled her over during a night out.
Mr Farr told the court: “The real reason for this assault was jealousy on behalf of Mr O’Malley and his inability to control his emotions.”
O’Malley, of West Street, Tallington, admitted a charge of causing grievous bodily harm on 28 March, this year.
Passing sentence, Judge Sean Morris told O’Malley he had carried out a “pretty sustained attack”.
He added: “People who beat up women to this extent must expect a custodial sentence.”