Bride-to-be weeps as she is spared jail for smashing a wine glass in her fiancé’s face in blazing row over him ‘texting other women’ – after he vows to stand by her
- Mother-of-four Natalie Prophet began arguing with Archie Barker about the texts
- Prophet, 37, punched his nose in jealous rage, before striking him with the glass
- Police came to the house but Mr Barker said he didn’t want to make a complaint
- Prophet was given an eight-month suspended sentence and community service
A bride-to-be wept as she was spared jail for smashing a wine glass in her fiancé’s face in a row over him ‘texting other women’ – as he vowed to stand by her.
Mother-of-four Natalie Prophet, 37, began arguing about the messages with Archie Barker, her partner of four years, after she had been drinking at their home in Oldham on April 27 this year.
She punched his nose in a jealous rage, before striking him with a wine glass she was holding in her left hand, leaving a gaping wound nearly an inch wide on his cheek.
Mother-of-four Natalie Prophet, 37, began arguing with her partner, Andrew Barker, (right) over text messages he had allegedly sent another woman
When police arrived, the care home healthcare assistant was found sobbing and hugging her injured fiancé.
She told an officer: ‘I smashed a glass in his face’ and later added: ‘I can’t believe what I have done.’
Police tried to speak to Mr Barker – who is stepfather to Prophet’s children – but he refused to give a statement and said he did not want her to get in trouble. The pair are still together.
Prophet pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to assault occasioning actual bodily harm but was given eight months jail suspended for a year after Mr Barker turned up to support her.
Police and an ambulance crew arrived at the couple’s home after being called about a ‘domestic incident’.
Prosecutor Jeremy Grout-Smith said: ‘When they arrived the defendant was extremely upset, crying and hugging the victim. She said to the officer: “I smashed a glass in his face”.
Prophet (pictured) punched his nose in a jealous rage, before striking him with a wine glass she was holding in her left hand, leaving a gaping wound nearly an inch wide on his cheek
‘Mr Baker was bleeding heavily from his face and his T-shirt was stained with blood. He had a cut to the left cheek measuring 2cm in length and a small cut to his nose. The wound to his cheek was bleeding heavily.
‘The officer spoke to Mr Barker, and he did not want to provide the police with anything but the bare minimum, and he did not want to make a complaint. He said he did not want the defendant to get into trouble or be charged.’
Mr Grout-Smith described Mr Barker as ‘very calm’, but said he began to feel dizzy and shaky because of his bleeding wound, which paramedics patched up at the scene.
He continued: ‘The defendant was interviewed and admitted there had been a verbal argument and that she had become angry, hit him on the nose with her right hand, and in her other hand was a wine glass in which she smashed in his face.
‘She said it was a reckless assault which she regretted.’
The court heard that Prophet – who has since moved with her partner to Barrow-in-Furness – had one caution for common assault in 2017, but no other previous convictions.
In mitigation, defence lawyer Sharon Watson said her client had made a ‘full and frank admission’ about what happened.
Prophet was also ordered to complete 15 days of rehabilitation activity requirements as well as 180 hours unpaid work.
Prophet pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to assault occasioning actual bodily harm but was given eight months jail suspended for a year after Mr Barker turned up to support her
Sentencing, Mr Recorder Andrew Long told her: ‘You became angry with your partner, Archie Barker, you had been drinking and you became jealous and accused him of texting other women.
‘You punched him then hit him with a glass. People who hit others with glass must always expect a custodial sentence to deter them, but I am able to suspend that sentence.
‘This was out of character for you and this was unpremeditated. You pleaded guilty and I accept you are genuinely remorseful. Your partner does not want you punished.
‘You have the responsibility of four children and the probation service can help you. I wish you the best of luck in the future.’
Prophet was also ordered to complete 15 days of rehabilitation activity requirements as well as 180 hours unpaid work
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