Man pleads guilty to stabbing his wife

Hicks' trial will take place at Ipswich Crown Court in the new year. Picture: Archant library

Hicks' trial will take place at Ipswich Crown Court in the new year. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

A man who stabbed his wife has been warned he faces a 'significant' period in custody when he is sentenced in November.

Benjamin Hartley, 39, of Chester Street, Brandon was appearing before Ipswich Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing via a prison video link on Monday, September 2.

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Mary Hartley with intent to cause her grievous bodily harm between August 1 and August 4 this year.

Adjourning sentence for a psychiatric report and a pre-sentence report by the probation service to consider the issue of dangerousness, Judge Emma Peters said: "This is a very serious charge to which you have pleaded guilty and you will face a significant period in custody."

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said Hartley had some previous convictions including one for not very serious violence in 2008.


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Hartley was remanded in custody until his sentencing hearing on November 25.

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