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Court rules wife still at risk from jailed hammer-attack husband.

A FIXATED husband who broke into his estranged wife's home and attacked her with a lump hammer had his potentially life-long sentence confirmed by top judges - because he still poses a grave risk to her.

Denzil Davies, 63, assaulted his wife of 32 years, Susan Davies, after becoming "morbidly jealous" and convincing himself she was having an affair.

Davies, of Glenbai, Mountain Ash, cut the telephone wires to her house to intimidate her, Mr Justice Green told London's Appeal Court, before storming into her bedroom where he "launched a vicious attack with a hammer".

Mrs Davies had dialled 999 on her mobile, said the judge, and the police operator could hear her screaming in terror and Davies roaring, "tell me about it" before the line went dead.

By good fortune, Mrs Davies managed to get the hammer off her husband, the court heard, saying later that she kept a desperately tight hold as "I knew my life depended on holding onto that hammer".

Thwarted, Davies rained down punches on his panicked wife, but had just managed to retrieve the lump hammer as the police entered the house. He was standing over Mrs Davies with the hammer when officers ran into the bedroom, the court heard.

Mrs Davies suffered a suspected broken nose, deep cuts and black eyes in the August 2009 assault, as well as lasting psychological scars.

After being declared a "dangerous" offender, Davies was handed an indefi-nite sentence for public protection at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court in November 2009 after he admitted trying to cause grievous bodily harm, criminal damage, and harassment.

At the latest hearing, his lawyers attacked his open-ended jail term - from which he may never be released - as too tough.

But Mr Justice Green said that Davies clearly "posed a long-lasting risk -particularly to his wife".

Dismissing the appeal, the judge concluded: "There was no sensible evidence that any alternative sentence would provide future protection for Mrs Davies."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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