Uomo d'affari, 32, ‘tried to drown his NHS nurse girlfriend in a bath when their relationship broke down during lockdown’, la corte ascolta
A businessman tried to drown his partner in a ‘cruel and frightening act of violence’ when their relationship broke down in the Covid pandemic, un tribunale sentito.
Scott Richards, 32, Treherbert, Rhondda, Galles, is accused of holding Kathryn Rich’s head underwater in the bath at their home after she finished her shift as a nurse.
The couple’s 11-year romance hit the rocks when the national confinamento started last year and he thought she was having an affair, la giuria è stata informata.
Richards was forced to close his martial arts training company and Ms Rich – who is in her late 30s – was doing 12-hour night shifts at a busy NHS ospedale.
The alleged ‘drowning’ incident happened when Ms Rich was following NHS guidelines to have a bath after finishing her shift.
Scott Richards (nella foto), 32, Treherbert, Rhondda, Galles, is accused of holding Kathryn Rich’s head underwater in the bath at their home after she finished her shift as a nurse
The couple’s 11-year romance hit the rocks when the national lockdown started last year, la giuria è stata informata. Richards was forced to close his martial arts training company and Ms Rich (nella foto) – who is in her late 30s – was doing 12-hour night shifts at a busy NHS hospital
Prosecutor Rosamund Rutter said: ‘The defendant subjected his partner to a frightening and cruel act of violence, which may be partly due to the lockdown.
‘He pushed her head into the bath water and held it down. She could not breathe and desperately tried to pull her head back but the defendant had a firm grip.’
The court heard Ms Rich was ‘coughing and spluttering’, from being held under water for a few seconds before Richards let go.
Miss Rutter said: ‘She rang the police to say her partner had tried to drown her. When she gave a statement she told them about a previous attack on March 24, the day after the national lockdown started.’
The court heard Richards had found a ‘personal note’ in Ms Rich’s handbag which made him suspect she had been unfaithful with a work colleague.
It led to Richards dragging his partner out of bed by her pyjama top, head butting her to the bridge of the nose and pushing her against a door frame, la giuria è stata informata.
The court heard Ms Rich was ‘coughing and spluttering’, from being held under water for a few seconds before Richards let go (nella foto insieme)
Photographs of her injuries, taken on Ms Rich’s mobile phone, were shown to Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.
The newly qualified mental health nurse told how the alleged domestic violence happened against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lei disse: ‘He owns a martial arts business and he had to close it down and start classes over Zoom.
‘Covid had started in the January and I was doing six months of night shifts.’
Ms Rich said she had written a letter about her feelings towards her work colleague but their relationship was ‘just flirting’ and there was no affair.
The jury heard Richards uploaded the letter to Facebook ‘for everyone to see’, including family members.
‘I don’t think it was anybody else’s business really,’ Ms Rich told the court.
Photographs of her injuries, taken on Ms Rich’s mobile phone, were shown to Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court. Nella foto: the couple together
When Ms Rich later turned down his request for sex Richards sent her a text saying: ‘Keeping yourself for lover boy’.
Ha detto alla corte: ‘I assume he thought I was having an affair with someone in work.’
The bathroom incident on April 4 happened because Richards was unhappy Ms Rich posted an emoji on the Facebook of a male friend in fancy dress for a Zoom party.
Ha detto alla corte: ‘Covid had just hit and we were told to have a bath and wash our uniforms when we got home from work.
‘The bath was run when Scott came upstairs and pushed me backwards with quite a lot of force.
‘The bath was pretty full, he pushed my head and shoulders under water. His hand was on the back of my neck, I couldn’t get out of the water, it was probably only seconds but it felt longer.
‘When he let go I couldn’t see, non riuscivo a respirare, I couldn’t hear. I swallowed water, my clothing was soaked.’
Richards, denies causing actual bodily harm and assault by beating. Il processo continua.