Spurned husband beat wife’s lover in revenge attack

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JILTED husband Paul Dennis attacked his wife’s lover and rammed his car off the road in a revenge attack.

He set upon his love rival in a jealous rage after lying in wait at a college car park.

But the 47-year-old – now back with his wife – ended up worse off and needed hospital treatment.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Dennis and his wife were separated but he had made numerous attempts to rekindle their relationship.

Meanwhile, she started seeing another man.

When Dennis found out he got hold of his rival’s contact details and bombarded him with messages and e-mails.

On the night of the attack Dennis dropped his wife off for an evening class at South Downs College in College Road, Waterlooville – but she left with her lover.

When the pair returned at 8.45pm on June 18 last year Dennis was lying in wait.

His wife went into the college and he pursued her lover as he drove off, pulling up alongside him and forcing his car off the road.

Dennis then got out of his car, took a metal bar out of the boot and smashed the driver’s side window while his victim was still in the car.

When he scrambled over to the passenger side in an escape bid, Dennis walked round and tried to smash the window on the other side.

His victim got out of the car and Dennis set upon him.

Kate Fortescue, prosecuting, said: ‘Mr Dennis confronted him, swung the iron bar at him.

‘He missed a couple of times but he did in fact hit him directly on the arm – but first he hit him on the side of the head, then he managed to hit him in the face area.

‘The victim punched him. It appears his (Dennis’s) injuries were worse.’

Dennis drove off and collected his wife, but then went to hospital.

His victim suffered bruising and swelling and underwent checks at hospital. Dennis was later arrested and charged.

Mary Aspinall-Miles, defending, said: ‘Something that no court will be able to give Mr Dennis back is peace of mind, and the family are trying to rebuild their future.

‘There will be no sight of Mr Dennis in the criminal court again, he has made that clear to me.’

Dennis, of Gatcombe Avenue, Hilsea, admitted charges of possessing an offensive weapon, assault by beating and damaging property at Portsmouth Crown Court.

He was ordered to do 70 hours of unpaid work and put under supervision for four months.

Recorder Michael Hubbard QC, said: ‘Mr Dennis, although what you did in your own mind was understandable it simply can’t take place.’

He added: ‘You can’t go around conducting a revenge attack.’