Scorned Lover Attacked Ex-Girlfriend and Her New Man

PUBLISHED: 16:43 09 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:23 04 May 2010

CHICKEN breeder Roger Clarke took revenge on his cheating partner of 29 years after she left him for his best friend. Clarke, 59, lost his temper when Glenda Godfrey moved in with Duncan Waites and he attacked the pair outside their new home. He had gone

CHICKEN breeder Roger Clarke took revenge on his cheating partner of 29 years after she left him for his best friend.

Clarke, 59, lost his temper when Glenda Godfrey moved in with Duncan Waites and he attacked the pair outside their new home.

He had gone to their address in Ely with the intention of "beating the sh** out of them", Ely magistrates were told.

And when Clarke saw them sitting in a car outside the property smoking and drinking coffee, he dragged Miss Godfrey out by the hair, punched her, fracturing her nose and kicked her up the backside.

Clarke, of Centre Road, Soham also punched Mr Waites leaving him with a cracked cheek bone.

The court heard on Thursday that Miss Godfrey and Mr Waites had got together after they started sending Christmas text messages to each other.

Miss Godfrey left the home she shared with Clarke and moved into her stepmother's house in John Beckett Court, Ely.

When Mr Waites' wife found out about the text messages she asked him to leave and he moved in with Miss Godfrey and her stepmother.

On the night of the attack, on February 15 the couple had gone out to the car for a cigarette because the stepmother didn't want them smoking indoors, the court heard.

Clarke had admitted two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm at an earlier hearing.

Prosecuting Emma Dimitriev said: "It was a planned attack and this was the worrying matter from the Crown's point of view.

"Neither party had to have surgery for their injuries but they are upset and hurt by what has happened."

Mitigating Michael Judkins had told an earlier court that Clarke had been driven to the attack by the betrayal of a good friend.

It was the deceit, under-handedness and humiliation that gave him the compulsion to exact revenge, he said.

Chairman of the magistrates, Dr Christine Shaw, told Clarke: "These were two planned, deliberate assaults. You went out to harm these people and you did. You caused serious injury.

"We seriously considered sending you to prison immediately but we don't want to do that because you have no previous convictions and because of your early guilty plea."

Clarke was given a 20-week jail term suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 250 hours unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay £750 compensation to Mr Waites and £250 to Miss Godfrey and pay £95 court costs.

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