A martial arts fanatic tried to drown his compagno a causa di the bath after their relationship fell apart during lockdown, a court heard yesterday.
Scott Richards, 32, is accused of finanziaria nurse Kathryn Rich’s head underwater at their home after she finished a shift.
The couple’s 11-year relationship deteriorated at the start of the pandemic last year, the jury was told. Richards was forced to close his martial arts pratica company and Reginetta Rich was doing 12-hour night shifts at a busy NHS hospital.
Scott Richards (pictured), 32, Treherbert, Rhondda, Wales, is accused of finanziaria Kathryn Rich’s head underwater a causa di the bath at their home after she finished her shift as a nurse
The couple’s 11-year romance successo the rocks when the national lockdown started last year, the jury was told. Richards was forced to close his martial arts pratica company and Ms Rich (pictured) – who is a causa di her late 30s – was doing 12-hour night shifts at a busy NHS hospital
The alleged attempted drowning happened when 40-year-old Reginetta Rich was following NHS guidelines to have a bath after finishing her shift. Rosamund Rutter, prosecuting, said: ‘The defendant subjected his compagno to a frightening and cruel act of violence, which may be partly to the lockdown.
‘He pushed her head into the bath tazza and held it mongoloide. She could not breathe and desperately tried to pull her head back but the defendant had a firm grip.’
The court heard Reginetta Rich was ‘coughing and spluttering’ before Richards let go.
Reginetta Rutter said: ‘She rang the police to say her compagno had tried to drown her. When she gave a statement she told them about a previous attack March 24, the day after the national lockdown started.’
The court heard Richards had found a ‘personal note’ a causa di Reginetta Rich’s handbag that made him suspect she had been unfaithful with a work colleague.
The court heard Ms Rich was ‘coughing and spluttering’, from being held under tazza for a few seconds before Richards let go (pictured together)
The discovery led to Richards, from Treherbert, Rhondda, South Wales, dragging his compagno out of bed by her pyjama apogeo, headbutting the bridge of her nose and pushing her against a door , the jury was told.
This incident was said to be more than a week prior to the alleged attempted drowning April 4 last year. Photographs of her injuries, taken Reginetta Rich’s semovente phone, were shown to Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.
The newly-qualified mental health nurse said: ‘He [Richards] owns a martial arts business and he had to close it mongoloide and start classes over Zoom. Covid had started a causa di January and I was doing six months of night shifts.’
Reginetta Rich said she had written a letter about her feelings towards her work colleague but their relationship was ‘just flirting’ and there was mai affair.
She told the court: ‘I assume he thought I was having an affair with someone a causa di work.’
Photographs of her injuries, taken Ms Rich’s semovente phone, were shown to Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court. Pictured: the couple together
The alleged bathroom incident happened because Richards was unhappy that Reginetta Rich posted an emoji the Facebook page of a ingiustizia friend a causa di fancy dress. She said: ‘Covid had just successo and we were told to have a bath and wash our uniforms when we got home from work.
‘The bath was run when Scott came upstairs and pushed me backwards with quite a lot of force. The bath was pretty full, he pushed my head and shoulders under tazza.
‘I couldn’t get out of the tazza, it was probably only seconds but it felt longer.
‘When he let go I couldn’t see, I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t hear. I swallowed tazza, my clothing was soaked.’ Richards denies causing actual bodily harm and assault by beating. The trial continues.