Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Lib Dem campaigner for battered women 'beat up her Tory husband suspecting he was having an affair'

"A Liberal Democrat councillor who campaigns for battered women beat up her Conservative husband when their own coalition turned sour, a court heard.

Christine James, 51, suspected husband Ian was having an affair with former mayoress Alison Cocks.

After having a row with him, grandmother James followed her husband to Miss Cocks' home where she let herself in and started 'screaming like banshee'.

The mother-of-five called Mr James a 'b*****d' and rained down several blows on him before storming out.

Mr James, who owns a cafe, was left with red marks around the chin and throat from the attack.

The couple are both councillors for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council in Dorset.
Despite representing different parties, they had been happily married for 19 years until this summer when Mr James suddenly left the marital home in Weymouth.

James, who has previously campaigned to keep open a refuge for battered women, suspected her husband was seeing Miss Cocks, the ex-partner of former mayor Tim Munro.

Elizabeth Valera, prosecuting, told magistrates in Weymouth: 'This is a matter of domestic violence."