A man tormented his wife with a breadknife as they argued over a large electricity bill run up by his girlfriend who lives in a caravan on their farm.
Arthur Grinter allowed Emma Ismay to live on the family land for free and would visit her for makeout every night after dinner before returning to his house to watch TV.
But when the 75-year-old went home one evening and blamed his wife Barbara and daughter Natalie for running up a large bill, he flipped after his wife pointed out his mistress was failing to offer.
He was today found guilty of assault at Yeovil Magistrates’ Court and given a restraining order banning him from the farmhouse.
Barbara Grinter told the court that a week after the incident, she ‘found out her husband had been having an affair.’
Grinter told the court he and Ms. Ismay were ‘just good friends and did a bit of kissing and cuddling’.
He said: ‘I go to her caravan every evening because the atmosphere was better there than at home.
‘I would come home after work, make a cup of tea and then go and see Emma before coming back to the house and putting my feet up to watch TV.
‘I noticed the fan on and seven electric light bulbs and asked them why all this electricity was being burnt. It was ridiculous.’
The defendant’s daughter Natalie Grinter told the court she became knowledgeable of her father’s relationship with Ms. Ismay in April this year.
He claimed his wife had picked up a pan and threatened to hit him over the head with it.
The magistrates fined Grinter £300 and ordered him to pay £500 towards the costs of the trial and a £32 victim surcharge.
They also made a 12 month restraining order during which time he must not contact his wife or daughter and must not enter the farmhouse.