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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Man threatened to cut off wife’s head

A STRESSED father-of-three ran amok in his wife’s pub with an ornamental Samurai sword and threatened to chop off her head.

Marc Traylor, 32, had moved to Cumbria with his wife, Nicole, and their children in the hope of starting a new life, running the Lamplugh Tip pub near Cockermouth.

But the stress of mounting debts of £108,000, which he amassed as they tried to get the business going, made him snap, Carlisle Crown Court heard last Friday.

Recorder Tom Eaton sentenced Traylor to nine months in prison after he admitted affray and having a bladed article in a public place, but he suspended the sentence for two years after accepting that what happened was out of character.

Prosecutor Linda Vance said Traylor helped to run the pub, but tensions built up between him and his wife.

After an argument on August 19, Traylor sat drinking in the bar with customers, consuming six or seven pints.

His stepfather, James Harper, became concerned at seeing Traylor throwing drink around and asked his wife to speak to him. Mrs Harper asked him to go with her outside to calm down.

“The defendant went over to his car, leant inside, and pulled some sort of knife out of the glove compartment,” said Miss Vance.

“By this point, he was becoming aggressive. Mrs Harper made reference to him saying he would chop Nicole’s head off.”

Traylor then went to the family’s flat above the pub, and picked up an ornamental Samurai sword from its mounting on the wall.

He waved it around, smashing things and threatened to kill Nicole. Mr and Mrs Harper held the door shut to stop him leaving.

Traylor eventually calmed down and drove away from the pub. In court, his wife handed in a letter to the judge, pleading for leniency.

Tim Evans, for Traylor, said he had run up credit card debts of £108,000 and Traylor felt under huge pressure. He wrongly suspected his wife of having an affair. He did not strike or attempt to strike any person with the sword, which was blunt.

Passing sentence, Recorder Eaton told Traylor: “I accept that your behaviour was out of character but it was disgraceful and frightening behaviour.”

Traylor was ordered to attend a community domestic violence programme.

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