Fareham ex-husband attacker was ‘self-pitying’ and ‘malicious’

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GRANT Smith cried as he was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the brutal attack on his ex-wife’s new partner – but Judge Recorder Michael Vere-Hodge did not hold much sympathy for him.

Smith, 39, of Knowle Avenue, Fareham, set upon David Snudden after seeing him naked in bed with his ex-wife Debbie Smith.

In his sentencing, Mr Vere-Hodge said: ‘You have a significant character flaw and that is that you have a very high self-regard.

‘The effect of the break-up of the marriage, whilst you accept that it was inevitable, my conclusion is that it had to be on your own terms. There is a considerable amount of self-pity.’

Mr Vere-Hodge said he had taken into account Smith’s previous good character, his business acumen and his charm.

But he added: ‘The other part of your character is a distinctly malicious streak.’

He concluded: ‘It is said that you have shown remorse but I do not accept that you have full remorse. You have a limited remorse and my observation is that the driving factor of this is that you are largely sorry for yourself.’

Mr Vere-Hodge gave Smith a 12-year sentence for the wounding with intent charge, of which he must serve at least half, plus six years to run concurrently for the burglary offence.

He also ordered him to pay a £120 victim surcharge and gave him an indefinite restraining order preventing him from contacting David Snudden and from coming within 50 metres of Debbie Smith.

Speaking after the court case, police welcomed the sentence.

Det Chief Insp David Sheppard said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary takes all instances of domestic violence seriously.

‘Mr Snudden showed great strength of character to protect himself despite having a broken arm. It is only through good fortune that he survived.

‘We are satisfied with the court result which reflects the seriousness of the actions of Smith and hope that Mr Snudden can now move forward with his life.’