Man threatened to ‘slit wife like a fish’

A MAN currently living in Awsworth grabbed a knife following a row and threatened to slit his wife ‘like a fish’, a court heard.

Magistrates at Chesterfield were told that a row blew up in the family home of Justin and Alison Hodges in Duffield on January 28 after he had been drinking heavily.

He grabbed her neck, pushed her backwards onto a staircase, grabbed her face and ‘pushed her around like a rag doll’, said Sarah Haslam, prosecuting.

Mrs Hodges ran into a bedroom and held the door closed. But he threatened to fetch a knife and slit her throat.

She heard him rummaging in a kitchen drawer and he returned and tried to force open the bedroom door. He was arrested and later told police he had been drinking before the incident and he could not recall assaulting his wife or picking up a knife and threatening her.

Hodges, currently staying at an address in Main Street, Awsworth, admitted charges of assault and threats to kill.

Sentencing was adjourned until Wednesday March 7 for Probation Service reports. Hodges was granted bail on condition he did not go to the marital home in Meadow Vale.

“He recognises he has a serious drink problem,” said Phil Bloore, mitigating for Hodges.

“There was always the door between them and she didn’t see the knife.”

Mr Bloore added: “She has withdrawn the complaint and doesn’t want to be involved in any proceedings.”