Major Matthew Wright, 47, downed 12 cans of lager before staging the sit-in, during which he hurled a radio and a bowl out of the property, Bournemouth Crown Court was told.Mitigation is going to be something, eh?
After a 30-minute stand-off, two firearms officers entered the property and arrested the distressed dad, of Arrowsmith Lane, in Wimborne, prosecutor Simon Jones said.
He said: “Jones was banging on the window shouting: ‘If you come in I will cut you’ “He threw a china bowl of food at a PC, turned the gas on and the microwave and was ready to kill himself.
“He was threatening to cut officers’ throats as he was banging on the windows.”
Before this, he had been threatening to hit and pour boiling water over former wife Susan Wright. She left at around 5pm.
Mark Ruffell, mitigating, said his client gets on well with his family but drinks too much.He has problems? I’d say it’s the neighbours that have problems. And his family.
“He has problems that he needs counselling for,” Mr Ruffell said.
Speaking of which…
Wright’s 25-year-old daughter was in court to testify for his good character.Not his wife? Maybe she’s had enough?
Nikita Wright, a student, said: “He needs help to get off the drink and drugs. If he is helped he can become the man that he was, a loving, caring, devoted dad and husband.”Many, many, many dads don’t need help for that, though, love.
And I’m not sure yours is worth it, frankly. If he can afford drink and drugs, he can afford therapy.