AN ex-soldier who was suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome beat his wife and threatened to kill her with a kitchen knife, a court heard.
Andrew Fleetwood, of The Shearings, Liversedge, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 18-months in prison yesterday at Leeds Crown Court.
Fleetwood had served in the army in Kuwait, Bosnia and Northern Ireland before getting medically discharged following a stroke in March 2010.
In July last year, he launched an attack on his wife of 16 years, Lesley Fleetwood, following concerns over a text message from another man on her phone.
His shouting woke up their three-year-old child and as Mrs Fleetwood picked up the child, he punched his wife three times in the face.
After putting the child to bed he continued to assault her.
Although the assault was not reported to police, her neighbour took photographs which were then seen by Judge Recorder Richard Woolfall in court.
The couple went through a trial separation before reconciling in October last year.
After a night out on October 28, the couple returned home where Mrs Fleetwood fell asleep on the settee. She woke up after being punched in the face and saw Fleetwood standing over her, once again angry about a text message from a male friend.
She ran to the kitchen to escape him but said that he “kicked her with all his force in the stomach”.
After punching her in the face around 10 times he put a 12-inch kitchen knife to her throat and shouted “I’m going to kill you, I know I’m going to do it.”
As she talked about the children and her fears of them finding her dead, he dropped the knife and called police, asking them to arrest him.
Fleetwood will serve nine months and another nine months on licence.