A respected High Court judge allegedly battered his deputy coroner wife after an argument about their cleaner.
James Allen QC, 61, is said to have assaulted his wife of 14 years Melanie, 44, at their plush home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Police went to the couple's home on February 20 last year after a 999 call was made by an eight-year-old child at the house. On a tape played to the court, the child can be heard telling the operator that Mr Allen was 'trying to kill' Mrs Allen.
Mr Allen admitted he had discussed photographs of her injuries with his wife. Prosecutor David Holderness asked: 'Why then given your professional capacity and that of your wife, did you discuss any of the evidence of the case?'
Mr Allen told Bradford Magistrates Court his wife's injuries were caused after she punched herself in the face three times during a 'heated' argument.
One witness, Dr William Lawler said he believed Mrs Allen had suffered three or four blows to the face and it was unlikely to have been self-inflicted.
My comment: What a defence! What a .........
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UPDATE 26/5/11: Yorkshire high court judge found guilty of wife assault.
My comment: District Judge Daphne Wickham said she did not believe the couple’s account! That means as well as assaulting his wife they may both be guilty of lying and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
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