I hope you die from cancer, husband told wife

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A WIGAN husband convicted of assaulting his wife said he hoped she would “die from breast cancer” a court heard.

Victim Linda Lowe had a restraining order against her estranged partner Mark Lowe extended at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court this week.

Lowe, of Worcester Avenue, Hindley, pleaded guilty to charges of breaching both the original restraining order and the terms of a conditional discharge for the previous charge of assault.

Following the hearing for that offence, Ms Lowe started to receive calls from her husband, the court heard.

The calls initially were described as friendly and the pair agreed to meet up but after she said there was no future for them the tone of their interaction changed.

Sarah Perkins, prosecuting, said in one aggressive call the defendant told Ms Lowe: “I hope you die of breast cancer or a slow lingering death.”

She added that Mrs Lowe was “scared” of the defendant but did not want him to go to prison.

The court was told that 48-year-old Lowe admitted contacting his wife but explained it was because he wanted to arrange a pick up for his personal belongings in case she decided to sell them.

He denied making the comments and said no threats were made but accepted he had called three times and met up in person, therefore breaching his orders.

The pair had been involved in several violent incidents in the past – one in which Mr Lowe was stabbed –and he accepted the relationship was “volatile”, the court heard.

Thomas McKail, defending, said: “This was an extremely toxic relationship and both are alcohol dependant, the relationship is not healthy for either of them.

“He was released and he had a drink and called her as he always does.

“He breached his restraining order, although it should be noted she went along with the arrangements to meet up.

Mr McKail added that the “penny has started to drop” that the defendant needs to sever all ties with his wife in order to “get on with his life”.

He is seeking treatment for his alcohol problems and plans to take a college course, Mr McKail added.

Lowe received a 12 month community order with a 12 month supervision requirement.

He was ordered to undertake 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

JPs also ordered the restraining order will run for a further 12 months.