A Hemel Hempstead man must keep out of trouble for the next two years after admitting verbally abusing his wife.

The 46-year-old man appeared at St Albans crown court Friday 9th Jan, having earlier pleaded guilty to common assault.

Prosecutor Sally Mealing-McLeod said that the police had contacted the man’s wife about having a restraining order made against her husband, but she had said: “Absolutely not. We have been married for 21 years. I don’t believe he meant to carry out the threats. He needs help for alcohol addiction.

The court was told the man had a caution for causing actual bodily harm in 2008 but had not been in court since 1998.

Sean Smith, defending, said the man had been in hospital being treated for acute pancreatitis. “He is attempting to tackle his drink problem,” he said.

Mr Smith asked the judge to pass a conditional discharge, saying it would give the wife “some protection.

Judge Stephen Gullick agreed, telling the defendant: “Your wife thinks you need help with your alcohol problem – so do I .” He passed a 2 year conditional discharge.

As he left the court, the defendant said: “Thank you your honour.”