A FATHER has pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife and mother.
Jamie Jones, 26, of London Court in Combe Martin, got into an argument with his wife, Gemma Jones, on August 14.
He was arrested following the incident and detained in police custody until his court appearance on Friday.
Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, told the court Mrs Jones had gone out to watch the carnival on August 14 when her husband drove along the road and they got into an argument.
This ended and Mrs Jones went to the pub but did not want her husband to know she was there.
However they found each other and argued again while walking up the main street through the village.
Mrs Jones ended up catching her husband in the face and cutting his eye during the altercation.
They ended up going their separate ways after the incident but as Mrs Jones was walking home later her husband was sat in his car and they began arguing again.
When they both arrived home later that night, the court heard Jones became abusive towards his wife.
He kicked a chair out from under her before pinning her down and straddling her.
Both Mrs Jones’s friend, Alison Gordon, and Jones’s mother, Shirley Jones, were trying to get him off of his wife.
In the midst of the assault Jones flung Ms Gordon away before grabbing his wife again and dragging her to the floor.
He punched her and bit her before Ms Gordon went outside and called the police.
Jones then began to throw items around the room, causing damage to his wife’s Nokia phone before assaulting her again.
The court heard Jones’s mother tried to get him off and threatened to hit him with a wooden stool.
Mrs Baker said: “When police arrived he went upstairs. Gemma said she had never been so scared in her life.”
In a statement made by Mrs Jones she said: “My eyes felt as if they were closing in and I was on the verge of passing out.”
When police officers tried to put Jones in handcuffs he was aggressive and resisted arrest. He also attempted to use the hand cuffs as a weapon.
Nigel Treasaden, for the defence said: “The assault has been described as prolonged but to begin with it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.
“My client suffered a cut eye at the hands of his wife. He did not react violently to that.
“It is certainly the case that when my client came home there was a short period of intense violence.
“My client saw red and probably became uncontrollable due to alcohol.”
Mr Treasaden went on to say that Jones’s “whole world seems to have turned upside down” because of the incident.
Jones cried continually through his time in the dock.
Mr Treasaden added: “The consequences of his actions have devastated him. You can see the state he is in today.”
Jones pleaded guilty to four offences, two of assault, one of criminal damage and another of resisting a constable in their duty.
He was released on conditional bail until September 10 for full probation reports to be completed.