Man jailed for breaking his wife's leg

A pub landlord who broke his wife's leg by standing on it during an argument over cooking was jailed for 15 months today.

A pub landlord who broke his wife's leg by standing on it during an argument over cooking was jailed for 15 months today.

David Curtis, 62, of the Sir Garnet Wolseley pub next to Norwich market, admitted causing his wife Valerie grievous bodily harm leaving her in hospital for three weeks with a broken tibia and fibula.

The row took place on July 14 after they had watched the Lord Mayor's procession.

Deborah Steele, prosecuting, told Norwich Crown Court how an argument arose over cooking and Mrs Curtis ended up on the kitchen floor.

The defendant hit her on the leg with a cordless kettle, put a foot on the leg and applied pressure and twisted the foot, accusing his wife of faking the injury.

When a further argument arose on September 1, she decided to prosecute and Curtis was arrested while hurling abuse at her. Curtis had previously assaulted his wife in 2003.

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Judge Peter Jacobs commented that the marriage had been on the rocks for some time because of Curtis's excessive drinking and aggression towards his wife.

He told him: “She threatened to leave and you started using all sorts of obscenities towards her. It must have been obvious to you that she was in genuine pain, screaming in pain, but you stood over her, put your shod foot on her leg and applied pressure.”

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