Ex-soldier launched 'red mist' attack on friend caught in bed with estranged wife - The Rugby Observer

Ex-soldier launched 'red mist' attack on friend caught in bed with estranged wife

WHEN ex-soldier David Henderson found his estranged wife having sex with one of his friends, a ‘red mist’ took over and he launched an attack which left his victim needing 23 stitches.

But Henderson, who then took photographs on his phone of his wife and of the injuries he had inflicted on her lover, and sent them to the other man’s wife, has escaped being jailed.

The 52 year-old, of School Street, Wolston at the time, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to inflicting grievous bodily harm and maliciously sending the two pictures.

He was sentenced to ten months in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.




Prosecutor Justin Jarmola said Henderson and his wife had been in a relationship for some 20 years, and married for 12, but she decided in July the marriage was at an end.

She moved out to stay with a friend, and on July 16 Henderson turned up at that address, also in Wolston, and got in by climbing onto a flat roof and in through open French windows.


He went into a bedroom where he found his wife ‘engaged in sexual activity’ with another man who he ‘proceeded to assault by punching him to the face on multiple occasions’.

Following the attack, which it was said lasted between two and five minutes, Henderson took photographs of his wife and the injuries he had caused.

He then sent them to the other man’s wife, and phoned her to tell her what he had discovered.

As a result of the attack, his victim had to go to hospital where he needed a total of 23 stitches. The self-employed man also suffered from dizziness and from numbness to his face as a result of the ‘sustained and repeated assault’, and had to take two weeks off work.

Mr Jarmola added when Henderson was arrested, he accepted walking the short distance from the former marital home to the other house, and carrying out the assault when he found his wife and the other man together.

David Everett, defending, said Henderson had an Army background, and was described as being ‘of exemplary character’.

He served in the Falklands and Northern Ireland, before leaving in 1989 and working in private security.

Mr Everett said Henderson, now of Copt Oak Close, Tile Hill, Coventry, is now working in his father’s small engineering company.

Sentencing Henderson, who had spent a month in custody before being granted bail, Judge Wall told him: “Rarely have I seen such a strong array of testimonials. They all describe you as professional and calm and measured.

“It is clear you are highly regarded, and it is a tragedy things went so very badly wrong.

“I accept there was no premeditation. It was an upsetting situation to which you reacted.

“I accept your remorse is genuine, and in the particular and unusual circumstances of your case, I can take the exceptional course of suspending the sentence.”

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