Affair row led to assaults

PUBLISHED: 10:20 06 December 2007 | UPDATED: 13:07 04 May 2010

CONVINCED that his wife was having an affair, Daniel Pedersen assaulted her twice within three days. On November 14, Pedersen questioned his wife when she arrived home, called her offensive names and then grabbed her arms and slapped her. Two days later h

CONVINCED that his wife was having an affair, Daniel Pedersen assaulted her twice within three days.

On November 14, Pedersen questioned his wife when she arrived home, called her offensive names and then grabbed her arms and slapped her.

Two days later he had been drinking heavily, and there was an argument between the couple over the alleged affair.

Pedersen leaned over his wife Kathryn, raised his hand, shouted and swore, and then clenched his fists and made a punching motion, stopping short of her face.

Appearing before Ely magistrates on Thursday, 41-year-old Pedersen, of High Street, Bottisham, admitted two charges of assault.

"He suffers from depression, anxiety and panic attacks," explained solicitor Claire Bennett.

But because he works for Network Rail as an inspector, he cannot take anti-depressant medication, she added.

"He had self-medicated with alcohol," said Miss Bennett, "Alcohol led to these offences being committed."

Sentencing was adjourned until December 20, and Pedersen was given conditional bail.

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