Hubby attacks wife's new man

PUBLISHED: 15:16 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 26 October 2009

A JILTED husband who attacked his ex-wife s new boyfriend has been told he must pay his victim £350 in compensation. Steven Jakes turned up at the car workshop where John Evatt was working and rained punches to his head. The 36-year-old, of Clarkson Court

A JILTED husband who attacked his ex-wife's new boyfriend has been told he must pay his victim £350 in compensation.

Steven Jakes turned up at the car workshop where John Evatt was working and rained punches to his head.

The 36-year-old, of Clarkson Court, Hatfield, appeared at St Albans Crown Court today (Wednesday) to admit one charge of assaulting Mr Evatt occasioning him actual bodily harm.

Peter Shaw, prosecuting, told the court how the defendant's marriage experienced difficulties and broke up.

Mr Evatt later began a relationship with the defendant's wife which, said the prosecutor, "did not meet with his approval".

The court heard Jakes knew Mr Evatt not as a friend but an acquaintance.

Mr Shaw said three weeks before the assault, Mr Evatt received a message on his phone from the defendant telling him "Stay away from my wife and kids or I will smash you up."

The court was then told how on Wednesday, October 10 last year mechanic Mr Evatt was working on the Peartree Farm Industrial Estate in Peartree Lane, WGC.

Just after 1pm he saw a white open back truck pulling up nearby.

Paying no attention to it, he suddenly felt a blow to the head which knocked him over.

As he staggered to his feet he recognised Jakes standing over him who shouted: "You have been shagging my missus."

Mr Shaw said the defendant struck Mr Evatt a further three times and he had the impression Jakes was holding something in his hand.

The victim needed hospital treatment to two small cuts to his head.

Jakes was arrested the next day at home.

Judge Michael Baker QC was told Jakes had previous convictions for violence including two for assaults on police officers.

David Stanton, defending, said his client had objected that his wife was seeing her new boyfriend on a daily basis.

Passing sentence, Judge Baker told Jakes: "There are ways of dealing with a grievance which don't involve violence.

"You, however, chose the route of violence and struck the man who had taken up with your wife from whom you were separated at the time."

Jakes was given a two-year community order and ordered to pay £350 compensation.

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