Jealous Burslem husband 'rammed' wife's head on the floor
A MAN repeatedly attacked his wife after becoming jealous at the wedding of her boss.
Gary Leigh lashed out at wife Emma after the couple returned to their Burslem home following the Manchester wedding last month.
The 34-year-old repeatedly smashed his wife's head onto the floor of their Bank Hall Road home after becoming angry when her boss commented about her being a good driver.
The attack ended after Mrs Leigh walked to her nearest police station to report the crime.
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Leigh – who admitted assault by beating – was sentenced to a 12-month community order at North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court yesterday.
Following the sentence, Leigh told magistrates: "Thank you for not sending me to jail, I would have lost my family, I would have lost everything.
"You will never see me in here again. I got married for a reason."
The court heard Leigh had drunk up to six pints of lager.
Alka Marsden, prosecuting, said: "The defendant started to quiz his wife about how her boss would know about her driving and when they got home the accusations continued.
"She left him downstairs and later heard something smash in the kitchen.
"The argument continued and the defendant said 'I am going to ram your head into the floor until it caves in'.
"He then grabbed her hair and repeatedly rammed it into the floor.
"He then threw coffee over her although it was not hot enough to scald her.
"They continued to argue until Mrs Leigh got dressed and walked to the police station."
Mrs Leigh was left with pain to her head and scratches to her cheek.
Kate Shufflebotham, defending, said the incident was 'out of character'.
She said: "Despite having hardly any recollection of the attack, he accepts his wife's account of what happened.
"It is fair to say that this has very much affected the whole family because during the court proceedings he was prevented from seeing his wife and stepson, however, they have now reconciled.
"This particular incident was a one-off and one which Mr Leigh is unable to explain.
"It is still very frustrating to him because he cannot remember or offer an explanation as to what happened. But the couple are desperately trying to put this being them.
"Mr Leigh has completely stopped drinking."
Leigh was also ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs.