A spurned wife who attacked her husband and throttled his mistress has received sympathy from a judge.
Her actions, due to the extent of the provocation caused by the affair, would be understood by everyone, Judge Rob Murfitt said.
Following a sentencing indication in the New Plymouth District Court on Wednesday, Gayle Jesshop, 44, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to injure the mistress - her husband's sister-in-law from South Africa - and assaulting her estranged husband at their New Plymouth home on July 7.
Jesshop's lawyer Turitea Bolstad said the affair had caused stress through the whole family.
But Jesshop, who had been married for 27 years, made the mistake of going into her estranged husband's house, Ms Bolstad said.
Prosecuting Sergeant Lewis Sutton said police believed a sentence of community work was warranted.
Jesshop twice grabbed the mistress by the throat and also punched her husband who was lying on the bed. She also broke his cellphone.
Judge Murfitt said there were powerful mitigating aspects behind the attack along with the provocation caused by the affair. He imposed 40 hours' community work and reparation of $38.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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