Businessman attacked estranged wife’s lover with a cricket bat

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A Skegness businessman attacked his estranged wife’s lover with a cricket bat after discovering the pair of them together, Lincoln Crown Court has been told.

Nigel Underwood produced the weapon from his car and struck out at Andrew Wordsworth, the court was told.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said the incident happened as Mr Wordsworth arrived with Sarah Underwood back at a caravan in Chapel St Leonards where she had been 
staying.

Mr Wordsworth was struck a glancing blow to the head but managed to protect himself with his 
arm.

He suffered injuries including grazing to his left arm and a bump to his 
head.

Underwood later went to Skegness Police Station where he handed himself in and confessed to what he had done.

Mr Scott said: “Mr Wordsworth was a recovering alcoholic. Mrs Underwood 
was also a recovering alcoholic.

“They met at a treatment centre in Barnsley. They started up a relationship and when Mrs Underwood was discharged she said she wanted a separation.

“She moved to a caravan in Chapel St Leonards. The defendant did not take the news very well.”

The attack happened on the day Mrs Underwood collected Mr Wordsworth following his discharge from the rehab centre.

The couple arrived back at the caravan to find Nigel Underwood waiting for his wife.

Mr Scott said: “The defendant described his actions as stupid.

“In interview he said that when his wife came out of rehab she was a different person.

“She said she needed space. She was still coming back to their home. When she didn’t come back that night he went to see where she was.”

Nigel Underwood, 45, of St Andrews Drive, Skegness, admitted charges of assault and possession of an offensive weapon as a result 
of the incident on September 11.

Today (Tuesday) he was given a 12 month community order with supervision. He was also ordered to pay £250 compensation to Mr Wordsworth, £250 prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Recorder Ciaran Rankin told him: “You are an intelligent and successful businessman employing many people. It is clear that this happened at an emotionally charged time in your 
life.”

Sunil Khanna, defending, said Underwood had no previous convictions and was embarrassed by what he had done.

He said: “He is a very sensible and honest, upstanding man.”