‘It has left me feeling vulnerable and angry’ - Fareham attacker’s ex-wife

Debbie Smith, Grant Smith's ex-wife
Debbie Smith, Grant Smith's ex-wife
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GASPING for breath and screaming for help, Debbie Smith frantically called 999 while her ex-husband was beating her new boyfriend with a baseball bat.

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

A jury at Portsmouth Crown Court was played the 999 call made by Mrs Smith at 7.49am while the attack was happening on July 29 last year.

She told the operator: ‘My ex-husband has just broken into the house and is attacking my boyfriend.

‘They are going to kill each other. You need to get someone here now. There’s blood everywhere.’

The operator attempted to calm her down.

Mrs Smith said: ‘My husband and I are separated and he found out that we were away for the weekend.

‘On Thursday he phoned us and told us he was going to kill him.’

The court was also played the 999 call made by Smith at 8.04am when he arrived back at his house in Knowle Avenue following the attack.

In it he accuses his ex-wife of cheating on him for months and he can be heard breathing heavily.

He told the operator: ‘I found out they had been on holiday together so I went over there as I wanted to talk to him.’

He went on: ‘The green-eyed monster took over I’m afraid.’

When the operator asked if the other man had any injuries, he said: ‘Oh yeah… I don’t think he’s too well.’

Mr Snudden had to have nine stitches to the front of his head and three at the back.

He has not been able to drive following the beating after his arm was broken.

He spoke of the devastating impact the attack had had on him in a statement read out to the judge.

‘I have a strong belief that a home should be a place where I should feel safe and secure,’ Mr Snudden said.

‘To have someone gain entry to my home while I lay asleep has left me feeling vulnerable and angry.

‘I am a physically active man who frequents the gym regularly and likes the freedom of being able to drive but these acts for the foreseeable future are not possible.

‘My concern is not just centred around myself.

‘The effect of the attack has been felt by others. I have a 14-year-old daughter who could’ve been in the room next to me at the time of the attack.

‘I have flashbacks and worry about what she thinks about somebody trying to assault her father.’

He continued: ‘I feel anger towards the individual who carried out the attack that has had so much of an impact on others.

‘I feel lucky to be alive and the fact that I am alive worries me that Grant Smith should try and attack me and try to cause me harm again.

‘Is it fair that I have to worry about these things?’