Sunderland man tried to kill himself after beating his wife

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A HUSBAND who attacked his wife has been given a community sentence.

Kevin Donald McCutcheon tried to kill himself after the assault in February, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.

Prosecuting, Lee Poppett said police were called to the couple’s home address in Grindon, Sunderland, where they found McCutcheon slumped against the garden wall, with a broken bottle of wine nearby.

One of the officers recorded the aftermath of the crime on his body-mounted video camera. Mr Poppett said: “The officers entered the first-floor flat, where there was evidence of disturbance in every room, with the living room coffee table on its side.

“Mrs McCutcheon was sitting on the sofa in an upset state and had an injury to her nose.”

Trouble also flared between the couple a month earlier, leading to McCutcheon being charged with breaching the peace on January 17.

Mr Poppett said Mrs McCutcheon, who was in court, did not support the case against her husband and hoped to be reconciled.

Michael Henderson, defending, said McCutcheon appeared at court on February 19 and was in custody until a provisional trial date was set, but pleaded guilty on a basis to assault before the hearing.

McCutcheon must complete an 18-month community order with domestic violence programme and was bound over in the sum of £50 for 12 months. Magistrates also ordered him to pay £85 towards court costs.