A woman whose husband cut his throat with a kitchen knife in a drunken argument over his son has forgiven him and wants him to return home.
Johnathan Thompson, 29, of Rochdale, ran a kitchen knife over his spouse Hayley's neck and also choked her until she passed out after rowing over contact arrangements for his young son, who was from a previous relationship.
Afterwards, as blood flowed from his wife's throat, the bartender called Thompson – who had been drinking for 12 hours earlier – “What have I done? I am a monster and then I dropped to my knees in tears.
After the attack in February this year, he turned the knife on himself when the local police were called. He has now been detained for the attack for 22 months.
But his wife, whom he married in 2018, continues to support him, saying she is financially and emotionally dependent on him and wants him to return home because of him Absence caused her stress.
Hayley Thompson, whose husband Johnathan, 29, of Rochdale, cut his throat with a kitchen knife during a drunken argument over his son, has forgiven him and wants him to return home
Her husband's lawyer said she suffered from depression, anxiety and was struck by his inability to support her.
She visited him regularly in prison before restrictions were imposed on the coronavirus.
After the attack in February – less than two years after their wedding – Ms. Thompson, a saleswoman, was treated at his hospital and her wound sealed with steristrips and glue.
Doctors said she would have a faint scar for life. Her husband was also treated for self-inflicted head wounds.
At Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, Thompson, who admitted causing serious injury, pleaded for suspended sentence after his wife vowed to stand by him.
He also argued that he had mental health problems.
Thompson ran a kitchen knife over his spouse Hayley's neck and also choked her until she passed out after rowing over contact arrangements for his young son, who is from a previous relationship. Pictured: The couple on their wedding day in 2018
Judge Mark Savill, however, sentenced Thompson to 22 months in prison, saying, “Anyone who behaves like this to his wife in his own home can expect to go to jail.
"This is the shortest sentence I can pass on to you – without your mitigation the sentence would have been considerably longer."
He added, “I agree with the probation service who say that you pose a high risk to others, especially those with whom you have had relationships.
“We live in a country where people can drink too much if they want, but you have an unstable personality disorder and you know that drinking to 'self-medicate' is a risky business.
“This was a terrible incident against your wife in her own home, in which you pulled a knife across her neck, strangled her and left her unconscious.
“Having an unstable personality disorder will only reduce your guilt to a limited extent, since you committed this crime while drinking.
“There is a question mark about how realistic your prospects for rehabilitation really are. You are moving in the right direction, but I cannot overlook your judgment. & # 39;
Afterwards, as blood flowed from his wife's throat, the barman called Thompson – who had been drinking for 12 hours earlier – “What have I done? I am a monster and then I dropped to my knees in tears
After the attack in February this year, he turned the knife on himself when the local police were called. He has now been detained for the attack for 22 months
The couple married in 2018 and lived together in Castleton, near Rochdale. The incident occurred on February 23, after both of them had been drinking.
Prosecutor Simon Barrett said: “He had been drinking all afternoon and evening before returning home alone late at night. His wife came back to the address at 12:45 p.m. and found him inside.
& # 39; He was unsure as he had been drinking for 12 hours and his speech was blurry. He was angry, yelling at himself, and acting erratic.
They went to separate bedrooms and she went to check on him.
& # 39; They started a conversation about contact arrangements for his son and he got upset, desperate and started yelling at her and telling her to "shut up".
Mr. Barrett then described how Thompson put his hand around his wife's neck and began to apply pressure.
But his wife continues to support him, saying she relies on him financially and emotionally and wants him to return home because his absence caused her stress
She suffers from depression and anxiety and from the lack of support he has been able to offer her
She briefly passed out and when she passed she found him with a knife in his hand in the bathroom.
Then it became abusive again, and when Mrs. Thompson tried to take the knife from him, fearing he would harm himself, Thompson pulled the blade away and made a small cut on her hand.
Mr. Barrett added, “Then he pulled her neck back and ran the knife blade over her neck – causing a sharp pain, bleeding and a cut.
& # 39; Prosecutors accepted that as soon as he did, he became desperate and cried, "What did I do?" and started using the knife on himself.
"The police were called and when they arrived he was bleeding from being injured with the knife."
At Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, Thompson, who admitted causing serious injury, pleaded for suspended sentence after his wife vowed to stand by him
Prosecutor Simon Barrett described how Thompson suffocated his wife before attacking her with the knife
Ms. Thompson was then treated in the hospital with steristrips – also known as butterfly stings – and glue.
After his arrest, Thompson told police that he picked up the knife with the intention of frightening his wife, but cut her.
He said he has no intention of causing serious harm.
& # 39; The relationship is alive and there is no request for a restraining order. She didn't support the charges, ”added Barrett.
To mitigate this, his attorney Hunter Gray said, “His relationship with his wife was characterized by drinking, sometimes too much and often fighting.
& # 39; No one has come as far as this one.
Ms. Thompson visited her husband regularly in jail before coronavirus restrictions were imposed
After the incident, he stabbed his head and tried to cut out demons, hallucinations, and voices in his head.
The victim said she didn't think this was an intentional act, she stopped very quickly and he dropped to his knees calling himself a "monster".
& # 39; He was shocked by what happened and started harming himself.
“His wife has continued to support him, is financially and emotionally dependent on him and wants him to be back home as his absence has caused stress.
She suffers from depression and anxiety and from the lack of support he could offer her.
She visited him regularly in prison before restrictions were imposed.
"When he was released, he was offered a job as a bar manager in a pub, but he turned it down as he could be pressurized to have a drink again."