Man who dragged wife from car ‘saving her from suicide’ found guilty of assault

A husband who dragged his intoxicated wife from her car fearing she was suicidal has been found guilty of assault.

Graham Page discovered wife Alexandra in her car shortly after he found she had left a suicide note at home.

He then "cuffed" her around the head and dragged her by her clothes to get her home, the court heard.

The incident was witnessed and reported to police and he was charged with assault, Bristol magistrates heard.

Page, from Redland, told Bristol Live he was "a little bit gutted" following the case.

The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to the offence and was handed a 12-month community order of 100 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.            

Michael Collins, prosecuting, said Page pulled his wife from her car and conceded he "cuffed" her to the head when she was hysterical.

After she fell to the ground he dragged her by her clothes to get her home, the court heard.

Mike Wynter, defending, said police spoke to Mrs Page after the incident and she had no facial injuries.

"A suicide note was left by her at her address," he said.

Me Wynter said his client could have been justified in pulling her from the car, to prevent her from drink driving and seriously harming herself.

But he accepted Page had no lawful excuse in cuffing her or dragging her.

Mr Wynter said the couple had been married for nearly four years and were working on their relationship.

After the hearing Page said: "I’m a little bit gutted.         

"Obviously it got way out of hand and it really was a minor thing.

"It was a difficult situation; I did what was necessary at the time and I wish it had been different.

"I don’t know if I’d do exactly the same.

"I like to know I learn from my mistakes to be honest.

"I think it has been a bit harsh that I’ve got a criminal record for this."

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