A 55-YEAR-OLD man who punched his wife in the face during an argument has been handed a suspended sentence.

David Lester, formerly of Pewsey but now living in Devizes, fractured his 59-year-old wife’s eye socket when an altercation took place between the couple in June last year.

During the argument she ran to a different room in an attempt to get away from him but he continued to mimic her, causing her further distress.

Lester admitted a charge of causing grievous bodily harm following a hearing at Winchester Crown Court on September 27.

On December 22 he was given a 17-month sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay a total of £2,140.

Lester must also carry out rehabilitation and 200 hours of unpaid work over the next 12 months.

PC Sam Bussey, of the Public Protection Department at Wiltshire Police, said: “Throughout court proceedings Lester denied any wrongdoing and showed no remorse for his actions whatsoever, despite his wife sustaining a fractured eye and heavy bruising to her face as a result of his actions.

“No one should have to suffer the abuse this woman endured at the hands of her partner.

“I’d like to praise her for the bravery she has shown in giving evidence in court, which meant she had to relive her ordeal once again.”

Wiltshire Police hope that the case highlights to those suffering domestic abuse that all reports are taken seriously.

PC Bussey added: “We understand how hard it can be for victims of domestic abuse to report what they are going through and ask for help. It is really important that anyone who believes they are a victim, or anyone who knows somebody who may be being abused, contacts police immediately.

“We can help provide the most appropriate support to those who need it, as well as take action against the offenders and put them before the courts.

“I hope that this case will encourage other victims to come forward and seek help.”

The force are keen to stress that “domestic abuse is everyone’s business”.

Anyone who knows someone suffering domestic abuse or a victim themselves is urged to contact police on 101 to report concerns. Anyone in immediate danger should call 999.