A JEALOUS man who threw a television at his estranged wife before waving a sword at her has been spared jail.
Christopher Price was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court yesterday having earlier been convicted by jurors of affray.
The offence took place on May 6 at a house in Bicester, where the 49-year-old and his estranged wife slept in separate bedrooms.
Passing a suspended jail sentence, Judge Gordon Risius said: “The jury decided that having gone into your wife’s bedroom and thrown a TV at her legs you dragged her out of bed on to the floor and wrestled her phone from her grasp.
“You then took your martial-arts sabre sword from a cupboard and followed her around the house waving it at her.”
When Price’s wife managed to raise the alarm her nephew arrived at the house, only for the defendant to point the sword in his direction.
Judge Risius continued: “You said you were doing no more than your normal martial-arts practice which you said was to relax yourself, but the jury plainly rejected your account of what had happened.”
Price, now living in Paignton, Devon, was given a six-month jail term, suspended for two years, with a two year’s supervision. He must also pay £1,500 costs and attend a domestic-abuse programme.