A MAN whose wife threw herself from a window after he assaulted her has escaped being sent to jail.
Direk Ker suffered terrible injuries after leaping from the bedroom window of the Birkby home she shares with her husband, Celal Icer.
Icer was handed a suspended sentence at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday for the attack which led to the horrendous aftermath.
The 35-year-old had denied beating his wife at their home at Lynndale Avenue in the afternoon of January 19 this year.
But he was convicted after a trial heard by district judge Marie Mallon.
Icer’s trial had heard how the couple, who have four children, had been arguing.
It was alleged Mrs Ker threw a soft toy at her husband and he responded by throwing another toy back.
He then smashed a plate against a wall, cutting his hand before grabbing hold of his wife and slapping her.
She then ran upstairs and threw herself from the upstairs window on to the concrete below.
This was witnessed by both neighbours and the couple’s children.
Mrs Ker suffered horrific injuries, including internal injuries, broken legs and a broken lower backbone.
She has been left facing long-term illness as a result of the fall.
When questioned by police, Icer denied common assault, but admitted arguing with his wife and smashing a plate after she threw something at him.
He claimed that his wife had tried to harm herself in the same way before, but he had stopped her.
Icer, who works for Kirklees Council, said that on this occasion he had gone upstairs to stop her, but found the window open and his wife already on the ground outside.
Mrs Ker did not give evidence at the trial.
The only information she gave to police was that she had gone out of the window because she was suffering from depression.
Mrs Ker was born in Turkey and had been previously married to Icer’s brother.
But when he was killed the pair married and moved to the UK.
Ben Thomas, for Icer, said that the attack was a compulsive attack rather than a premeditated assault.
He said that the couple have now reconciled.
He said: “This is a man living in a foreign country and finding it difficult to adjust to the norms and views of that culture.
“He is the sole provider for his wife and children. His wife doesn’t have indefinite leave to remain (in the country) and isn’t entitled to benefits.”
Judge Mallon sentenced Icer to 26 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Mallon said: “Ordinarily a prison sentence would be imposed, but this is a peculiar case because your wife is totally dependant on you and doesn’t have any outside means of support.”