Wife rejected restraining order against ‘alcoholic’ husband after being verbally abused

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A Hemel man must keep out of trouble for the next two years after admitting verbally abusing his wife.

Paul Hayers, 46, appeared at St Albans crown court today having earlier pleaded guilty to common assault.

Hayers, of Barnacres Road, was arrested after abusing his wife Cindy.

Prosecutor Sally Mealing-McLeod said that the police had contacted Mrs Hayers about having a restraining order made against her husband, but she had said: “Absolutely not. We have been married for 21 years. I don’t believe he meant to carry out the threats. He needs help for alcohol addiction.”

The court was told Hayers had a caution for causing actual bodily harm in 2008 but had not been in court since 1998.

Sean Smith, defending, said Hayers had been in hospital being treated for acute pancreatitis. “He is attempting to tackle his drink problem,” he said.

Mr Smith asked the judge to pass a conditional discharge saying it would give Mrs Hayers “some protection.”

Judge Stephen Gullick agreed, telling Hayers: “Your wife thinks you need help with your alcohol problem – so do I.”

He passed a two-year conditional discharge.

As he left the court Hayers said: “Thank you your honour.”