A businessman put his wife over his knee and smacked her five times during an argument over money, a court was told.
John Charles Smith, 60, admitted assaulting his wife Kim Smith by beating at her home in Sea Road, Chapel St Leonards on July 31, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, said that Smith and his wife had been married for 18 years but ran two different businesses and he visited her every week or two at her home in Chapel St Leonards.
She said that on July 31 the two had an argument over £3,000 which she said she had lent him and both were shouting at each other, until the argument got out of hand.
Ms Stace said Mrs Smith was afraid he was going to hit her but then he grabbed her by the arm, held her face down on a sofa and smacked her several times.
Police were informed and Smith told them he had smacked her on the buttocks five times after an argument and that she ‘deserved it’, the court was told.
Mitigating, Asad Aziz said that Smith ran a fairground business in London and Mrs Smith ran an American diner in Ingoldmells, both businesses being financed by Smith.
He said Smith had been working up at the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and when he went to his wife’s address he found there a builder who was owed £3,700 for work carried out at the Ingoldmells property as well as a new one they had acquired next door to the diner.
Mr Aziz said Smith handed over a bag containing around £5,000 to him to pay this debt but an argument developed between him and his wife in which she allegedly called him several offensive names.
He said Smith, of Manor Lane, Harlington, Hayes, in Middlesex, could not accept the ‘disrespect and conduct she displayed that day’ and he openly admitted he had put her over his knee and smacked her five times. “The words used were unnecessary and uncalled for” he said.
Last Tuesday magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered Smith to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge. They also issued a 12 month restraining order against Smith in relation to his wife.