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Hammer attack after cake argument
Cardiff Crown Court
Bedford admitted affray at Cardiff Crown Court
A father attacked his partner with a hammer and threatened his children with a snooker cue because someone ate his chocolate cake, a court has heard.

Darren Bedford, 37, attacked Julie Phillips at their home in Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent, following the argument.

Ms Phillips told Cardiff Crown Court she "feared" for her life during the assault.

Bedford pleaded guilty to affray and was given two-year supervision order by the judge.

'Threatened son'

Prosecutor Andrew Barcello told the court: "Bedford was at home with his three children when there was an argument about who had eaten Bedford's piece of cake.

"He threatened one son with a snooker cue. He grabbed a hammer, swung it, and hit Julie's ear.

"He grabbed her by the hair and she really feared for her life.

"He said he would kill the kids, kill her and kill himself."

The court heard how Bedford took a carving knife and repeatedly stabbed it in his son's bedroom door.

Ms Phillips said: "I was very frightened. I feared for my life and for the children's lives."

Giving Bedford the supervision order, Judge Christopher Llewellyn Jones told him: "I think you need help.

"You have a good woman who is prepared to help you."




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