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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 August 2007, 19:17 GMT 20:17 UK
Bottle attack on lawyer husband
Joanne Blyth
Joanne Blyth followed up the bottle attack by hurling a wine glass
A barrister who specialises in personal injury cases was hit over the head with an empty wine bottle by his "drunk" new wife, Brecon magistrates have heard.

Owen Prys Lewis, 45, from Penylan, Cardiff, was attacked by Joanne Blyth, 43, five months after they married.

Mr Lewis was left "dazed and bleeding" after his screaming wife hit him with the bottle, the court heard.

Blyth was given a community order and told to pay 100 compensation after admitting causing grievous bodily harm.

Prosecutor Stephen Davies said: "The couple had been married for five months and living together for a year.

"He had phoned her from work and she appeared to be drunk and slurring her words.

As she left the room she turned to him and said: "You have made me do it
Prosecutor Stephen Davies

"When he got home at 6pm the house was locked up and he expected his wife to be in bed.

"But she let him in and there was an argument between them with accusations being made. She was shouting."

The court heard Mr Lewis stayed in the kitchen for two hours reading a newspaper before his wife came in and continued her accusations against him.

Mr Davies said: "She was screaming and he told her to calm down because she was drunk.

"She snatched the newspaper from him and grabbed an empty bottle of wine from the kitchen table.

Owen Prys Lewis
Owen Prys Lewis told his wife to calm down

"She hit him over the head with the bottle and threw a wine glass at him. She walked out of the room leaving him dazed with his head bleeding.

"As she left the room she turned to him and said: "You have made me do it."

Police were called to the couple's detached home in Penylan, Cardiff, and Blyth was arrested.

Magistrates heard Mr Lewis was treated by his GP for two head wounds but did not require hospital treatment.

Defending Michael Sage said: "The victim is the author of his own misfortune, but that's all I'm going to say."

As well as a nine month community order, Blyth was told to pay her husband 100 compensation and 43 costs.

After the case, asked if she and her husband were divorcing Blyth replied: "I suggest you contact him to find out."

Mr Lewis was unavailable to comment.

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