Sex therapy ends badly

FAR from improving her relationship, a woman's visit to a marriage counsellor inadvertently led to her being assaulted by her own husband.

A counsellor told the woman she could liven up her sex life by writing a letter to her husband describing exactly how she would like him to make love to her, Ipswich Magistrates Court was told.

But when the husband read the letter - which was left on a table in the couple's home - he mistakenly thought it had been written by his wife for another man and flew into a jealous rage.

The devastated 42-year-old drove over to his parents' house to discuss the apparent affair and then spotted his wife's car outside at a park at Walloon.

Thinking she was meeting her lover there, he confronted and then attacked her.

The court heard he slapped her about the head, punched her in the neck, knocked her to the ground and slapped her several more times.

A witness said as the wife staggered back up, the man threw her into the side of a bus with such force it damaged the vehicle.

The assault only stopped when a passer-by intervened.

Appearing in court, the man pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of wilful damage.

He was sentenced to six months' prison, but released on immediate parole.

Defence lawyer Adam Guest said the man was "appalled" at his behaviour and the offence was out of character.

He said the man had moved out of home since the April 15 attack and was living in a caravan.

He is also attending anger management classes.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum said the case was a good example of why people should not jump to conclusions.

She added that the assault was a complete breach of the wife's trust and it was lucky a bystander intervened to end the attack.

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