Newport woman punched husband over taunts about affair

First published in Gwent news South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

A WOMAN who repeatedly punched her ex-husband because he taunted her about his affair was treated with leniency in court at his request.

Tracy Field, 37, of Sullivan Circle, Newport, flew into a rage at her ex-husband, Jason. The couple had been together for 21 years.

Cwmbran Magistrates Court heard the attack came after he left her to continue an affair with a dental nurse.

The trio had been in touch in the days leading up to the incident by text message and telephone, before Mr Field turned up unannounced at his ex-wife's home on December 11.

Defence counsel Rob Young said the pair became involved in a heated argument which became physical and Ms Field "completely lost control."

"I hit him, I hit him and I hit him," she said in interview, before pleading guilty to assault on Wednesday.

The court heard Ms Field, of previous good character, was "bitterly upset" and had "reached the end of her tether."

But Mr Young said Mr Field felt responsible for what happened and while there was no chance of reconciliation, he came to court to support his ex-wife.

Prosecutor Jamie Dewar read out a statement from the victim, who recalled being hit to the face and said he had a knife held to his throat during the events which unfolded.

But he asked to withdraw pressing charges over the attack in front of district judge Richard Williams, who conceded the atmosphere that day must have been "charged with bitterness and a sense of betrayal."

The judge said considering the circumstance he was prepared to "unusually" hand out a conditional discharge for 12 months.

Ms Field will have to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge, but no compensation.

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2:35pm Sat 5 Jan 13

maninundy's says...

If the charges where being withdrawn why did these even go to court ? How much has this cost the tax payer?.
If the charges where being withdrawn why did these even go to court ? How much has this cost the tax payer?. maninundy's
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2:42pm Sat 5 Jan 13

portforever says...

what ever it cost us it looks like it was a total waste of time and money,,,
what ever it cost us it looks like it was a total waste of time and money,,, portforever
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5:01pm Sat 5 Jan 13

WelshRugbyFan says...

This went to court because The Chief Constable of Gwent Police is the officer in charge of Domestic Violence for ACPO and it is now a nationwide policy that anyone that admits/pleads guilty to a charge of DV is taken to court!

The CPS are too afraid not to take it to court in case there is another future incident involving the same parties that god forbid ends in a murder!

They will then get criticised for not taking appropriate action the first time round!

Common sense unfortunately has been lost as they are all scared of their own shadows!

(it also looks good on their figures at the end of the year for successful prosecutions)

But i will also add that alot of victims of DV are to afraid to make a complaint against a partner in fear of future reprisals so the police/cps step in and take the appropriate if needed!
This went to court because The Chief Constable of Gwent Police is the officer in charge of Domestic Violence for ACPO and it is now a nationwide policy that anyone that admits/pleads guilty to a charge of DV is taken to court! The CPS are too afraid not to take it to court in case there is another future incident involving the same parties that god forbid ends in a murder! They will then get criticised for not taking appropriate action the first time round! Common sense unfortunately has been lost as they are all scared of their own shadows! (it also looks good on their figures at the end of the year for successful prosecutions) But i will also add that alot of victims of DV are to afraid to make a complaint against a partner in fear of future reprisals so the police/cps step in and take the appropriate if needed! WelshRugbyFan
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5:03pm Sat 5 Jan 13

WelshRugbyFan says...

WelshRugbyFan wrote:
This went to court because The Chief Constable of Gwent Police is the officer in charge of Domestic Violence for ACPO and it is now a nationwide policy that anyone that admits/pleads guilty to a charge of DV is taken to court!

The CPS are too afraid not to take it to court in case there is another future incident involving the same parties that god forbid ends in a murder!

They will then get criticised for not taking appropriate action the first time round!

Common sense unfortunately has been lost as they are all scared of their own shadows!

(it also looks good on their figures at the end of the year for successful prosecutions)

But i will also add that alot of victims of DV are to afraid to make a complaint against a partner in fear of future reprisals so the police/cps step in and take the appropriate if needed!
*** appropriate action if needed!*
[quote][p][bold]WelshRugbyFan[/bold] wrote: This went to court because The Chief Constable of Gwent Police is the officer in charge of Domestic Violence for ACPO and it is now a nationwide policy that anyone that admits/pleads guilty to a charge of DV is taken to court! The CPS are too afraid not to take it to court in case there is another future incident involving the same parties that god forbid ends in a murder! They will then get criticised for not taking appropriate action the first time round! Common sense unfortunately has been lost as they are all scared of their own shadows! (it also looks good on their figures at the end of the year for successful prosecutions) But i will also add that alot of victims of DV are to afraid to make a complaint against a partner in fear of future reprisals so the police/cps step in and take the appropriate if needed![/p][/quote]*** appropriate action if needed!* WelshRugbyFan
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12:58pm Sun 6 Jan 13

let em swing says...

Another woman getting away with bashing her fella about, the great cover up continues.
Another woman getting away with bashing her fella about, the great cover up continues. let em swing
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10:32pm Sun 6 Jan 13

jonathan25 says...

If you turn it around and a woman was taunting her fella for cheating and he beat her up. Then he rightly would be charged and sentenced regardless of the victim dropping the charges. I don't see why this should be any different.
If you turn it around and a woman was taunting her fella for cheating and he beat her up. Then he rightly would be charged and sentenced regardless of the victim dropping the charges. I don't see why this should be any different. jonathan25
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8:35am Mon 7 Jan 13

Dai Rear says...

Mr Field also belatedly recognised that in 99.9% of cases going to criminal court does no good whatsoever. What's to be gained? But if someone makes a complaint and then realises this they are harassed by the police continuously if they attempt to withdraw it. But as others have said above, it's good for the statistics because it's easy to detect , unlike stranger crime which is actually what we think we pay the police for and of which we are frightened.Indeed most people are murdered by someone they know-and indeed they will be in 10000 years time , whatever the wimmins movement thinks, as they were 10,000 years ago. Mainly because we are emotional human beings and not ET or Robocop.
Mr Field also belatedly recognised that in 99.9% of cases going to criminal court does no good whatsoever. What's to be gained? But if someone makes a complaint and then realises this they are harassed by the police continuously if they attempt to withdraw it. But as others have said above, it's good for the statistics because it's easy to detect , unlike stranger crime which is actually what we think we pay the police for and of which we are frightened.Indeed most people are murdered by someone they know-and indeed they will be in 10000 years time , whatever the wimmins movement thinks, as they were 10,000 years ago. Mainly because we are emotional human beings and not ET or Robocop. Dai Rear
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