A HUSBAND beat his wife of nearly 16 years after she asked him to change the TV channel, a court heard.
Richard Tsankiewicz yesterday pleaded guilty to a charge of assault on his wife Shirley at their home in Holmfirth.
James Weeks, prosecuting, told Kirklees magistrates: “Shirley Tsankiewicz had been married to Richard Tsankiewicz for nearly 16 years, for which she said most of their marriage had been fine.
“Around 2003, he started having mental health problems and his temper started to flare up.
“She was assaulted by him on December 20, 2011.
“He had recorded a film which he thought she wanted to watch but when it turned out to be something she didn’t want to watch, she asked him to put something else on.
“He started to get very angry and she told him he was becoming spiteful and oppressive.”
He threw a vase at a wall, picked up one of the broken pieces and kept hold of it before punching her in the throat.
Tsankiewicz, who is now living at Longman Road, Barnsley, was said to have no previous convictions and the change of his character was alleged to be related to the suicide of a close friend and financial problems of the last year.
The chairman of the bench Paul McNulty told Tsankiewicz he would receive a 12-month community order, with both a supervision and mental health treatment requirement.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a restraining order was imposed which ensures he is not allowed to contact his wife or enter Longlands Bank in Holmfirth for the next 12 months.