Andrew Simson, 52, from Wyllie in South Wales, who drank two bottles of stolen wine before strangling his wife with a dressing gown cord until she passed out, has been jailed
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A man who drank two bottles of stolen wine before strangling his wife with his dressing gown cord until she passed out has been jailed.
Andrew Simson, 52, had downed two bottles of wine and said he was being warned before the brutal attack on his wife at their home in Wyllie, near Blackwood, south Wales on March 13.
It was just five days after a community order banning him from contacting his wife expired – something introduced as a result of a previous attack, reports said Wales Online.
The couple, who met 17 years ago, lived together again after the end of the order.
And then he attacked her after drinking two bottles of stolen wine.
He went into the bedroom to put on a dressing gown and returned to the living room, where his wife, who had previously suffered a stroke, was sitting on a sofa, a court heard.
He then said to his wife, “I’m going to serve a prison sentence for this,” and proceeded to undo the cord of his robe and loop it around her neck before tying it tight.
Prosecutor Rachel Knight said Monday at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court that Simson “pulled and pulled until she passed out” and that she believed he was going to break her neck.
Miss Knight added: “She couldn’t fight back. He also poured hot tea over her. She said she was going to die but he said she wasn’t going to die. She was scared and desperate.”
The court heard how at one point Samson stopped the attack because he “come to his senses” and was able to stagger his wife out of the apartment around 5:45 p.m. and alert a neighbor.
The police were called and when officers arrived at the scene they found Samson standing outside the apartment admitting what he had done.
Footage captured by police and played in court showed a clearly intoxicated Simson being questioned by police. When pressed to clarify or repeat a previous comment, he said: “I tried to strangle my wife to death”.
He was then arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken into custody.
Miss Knight read a victim statement in court from Samson’s wife, in which she said she suffered from anxiety and was “mentally deprived” after the incident.
She also said they “had a good marriage” in which he “put up with my cooking and I put up with his snoring.”
The statement also read: “Andrew needs help, he needs support. He’s a sweetheart who has a problem with alcohol. He gave me the best years of my life.”
In mitigation, Jeffrey Jones said on behalf of Simson that alcohol was the cause of most of the negative events in his life and that he was sincerely repentant to the court and his wife.
Judge Richard Twomlow told him in court he had assaulted a “disabled and vulnerable” person who was unable to defend himself.
Simon had previously pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated assault with intent and was sentenced to an extended ten-year sentence of five years and eight months in prison and an additional four years and four months on licence.
Prosecutors offered no evidence to support an allegation of attempted murder.
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