A wife whose husband slit her throat with a kitchen knife during a drunken row about his son has forgiven him and wants him to return home.
Johnathan Thompson, 29, from Rochdale, ran a kitchen knife across the neck of his spouse Hayley and also choked her until she passed out after they rowed about contact arrangements for his young son, who is from a previous relationship.
Afterwards, as blood poured from his wife’s throat, barman Thompson – who had been drinking for 12 hours beforehand – shouted ‘what have I done? I am a monster’ and then sank to his knees in tears.
Following the attack, in February of this year, he then turned the knife on himself as police were called to the scene. He has now been jailed for 22 months for the attack.
But his wife, who he married in 2018, continues to support him and said she relies on him financially and emotionally and wants him to return home because his absence has caused her stress.
Hayley Thompson, whose husband Johnathan, 29, from Rochdale, slit her throat with a kitchen knife during a drunken row about his son has forgiven him and wants him to return home
Her husband’s lawyer said she suffers from depression and anxiety, and has been impacted by his inability to support her.
She visited him in prison regularly before restrictions were imposed because of coronavirus.
After the attack, in February – less than two years after their wedding – Mrs Thompson, a sales worker, was treated in his hospital and her wound was sealed up with steristrips and glue.
Doctors said she will have a faint scar for life. Her husband was also treated for self-inflicted wounds to his head.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Thompson, who admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm, pleaded for a suspended prison sentence after his wife vowed to stand by him.
He also argued he had mental health issues.
Thompson ran a kitchen knife across the neck of his spouse Hayley and also choked her until she passed out after they rowed about contact arrangements for his young son, who is from a previous relationship. Pictured: The couple on their wedding day, in 2018
But sentencing Thompson to 22 months imprisonment, Judge Mark Savill said: ‘Anyone who behaves in this way towards their wife in their own home can expect to go to prison.
‘This is the shortest sentence I can pass on you – were it not for your mitigation the sentence would have been considerably longer.’
He added: ‘I agree with the probation service who say you present a high risk to others particularly those with whom you have had relationships.
‘We live in a country where people are allowed to drink to excess if they choose to do so but you have an unstable personality disorder and know that drinking to ‘self-medicate’ is a risky thing to do.
‘This was a terrifying incident carried out against your wife in her own