Builder jailed at Southampton Crown Court for beating wife after wrongly suspecting she was seeing another man

Southampton Crown Court

Southampton Crown Court

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Court Reporter

A BUILDER beat up his wife when he wrongly suspected she was seeing another man, Southampton Crown Court heard.

A police officer who saw Danielle Prince after she had fled to a friend’s house described her injuries as the worst she had seen for a long time.

A judge heard that her husband Colin was so jealous and fearful that she might go off with another man that he dictated what she wore and when and if she went out.

Prosecutor Rob Welling outlined how a neighbour had seen Prince staggering on his way home. He went out again to continue drinking and may have taken some drugs.

The assault began with Prince kicking open the front door and then striking his wife several times before grabbing her hair. When she pleaded with him to stop, he told her: “I’ve only just started. You’ve seen nothing yet.”

Prince stormed off but later returned, slamming his wife’s head against the fridge and striking her so many times she lost count.

“She thought she was going to die,” said Mr Welling. “She had blood all over her face and hands.”

In an impact statement, Mrs Prince said the assault had left her feeling degraded and she could not believe she had been attacked by someone who was supposed to make her feel safe. She could no longer live in the house and didn’t feel safe alone, fearful her husband could reappear at any moment.

Prince, 24, of Cheddar Close, Southampton, admitted causing actual bodily harm.

In a letter to Judge Peter Henry, he accepted the attack was “terrible and disgusting.” He then added: “I still love my wife. I cannot switch off my feelings for her.”

Jailing him for 16 months, the judge described the assault as sustained and repeated.

“The violence and its extent was extremely bad,” he said. “It wasn’t a slap or two and merits an immediate custodial sentence.”

Under the terms of a ten-year restraining order, Prince is also banned from contacting his wife except through solicitors.

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10:46am Fri 13 Jun 14

Ozmosis says...

Out in 8 months - pathetic...
Out in 8 months - pathetic... Ozmosis
  • Score: 8

11:53am Fri 13 Jun 14

thesouth says...

Ozmosis wrote:
Out in 8 months - pathetic...
Typical negative comment to make. You are only out in 1/2 if certain conditions are met and then on probation anyway.

But getting more to the point......Well done to the victim for doing what's right. I wish her all the best
[quote][p][bold]Ozmosis[/bold] wrote: Out in 8 months - pathetic...[/p][/quote]Typical negative comment to make. You are only out in 1/2 if certain conditions are met and then on probation anyway. But getting more to the point......Well done to the victim for doing what's right. I wish her all the best thesouth
  • Score: 20

12:02pm Fri 13 Jun 14

steekeemcglue says...

thesouth wrote:
Ozmosis wrote:
Out in 8 months - pathetic...
Typical negative comment to make. You are only out in 1/2 if certain conditions are met and then on probation anyway.

But getting more to the point......Well done to the victim for doing what's right. I wish her all the best
can actually be out in 5 months.....
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ozmosis[/bold] wrote: Out in 8 months - pathetic...[/p][/quote]Typical negative comment to make. You are only out in 1/2 if certain conditions are met and then on probation anyway. But getting more to the point......Well done to the victim for doing what's right. I wish her all the best[/p][/quote]can actually be out in 5 months..... steekeemcglue
  • Score: -2

12:46pm Fri 13 Jun 14

RomseyKeith says...

He was fearful he'd lose his wife. Well, he's lost her now, hasn't he. I know some women say they like the bad boy, but when they do things like this to them it is upsetting for all concerned. I'm so glad the victim had the strength of character to stand up to the bully and do the right thing to protect herself. Good on her.
He was fearful he'd lose his wife. Well, he's lost her now, hasn't he. I know some women say they like the bad boy, but when they do things like this to them it is upsetting for all concerned. I'm so glad the victim had the strength of character to stand up to the bully and do the right thing to protect herself. Good on her. RomseyKeith
  • Score: 35

1:01pm Fri 13 Jun 14

SouthamptonLegend says...

“It wasn’t a slap or two and merits an immediate custodial sentence.”

Oh cos a slap or two is fine isn't it?! Knob
“It wasn’t a slap or two and merits an immediate custodial sentence.” Oh cos a slap or two is fine isn't it?! Knob SouthamptonLegend
  • Score: 23

1:30pm Fri 13 Jun 14

JDP123 says...

As someone who was the victim of a similar monster, my ex husband was incredibly violent and was ultimately sent to prison for attempting to murder me, I can say that from personal experience what is left behind is far worse than the actual attack. Your confidence is non existent,you feel worthless and strangely embarrassed,you lose your trust in everyone and spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder in case they decide to come and 'finish the job off'. My ex was released awhile ago now and 10 years on it is still just as difficult.His life stood still whilst in jail, so he stayed in that mind set of when he went to prison and continues to make my life difficult,the police have done what they can and we have court orders in place but they can not take away the fear.I have moved 3 times since his release just to stop him finding me. My advice to this lady is move away whilst he is in prison and start again, and before you all jump on my back and start saying i am wrong,I know its not right or fair for her to have to go but the fact he is still saying he loves her etc means I doubt very much if he will let this go, so be safe and go where he will never find you. Above all stay strong,i know it doesn't feel like it but you are stronger than you know,you have survived this far and you have seen this prosecution through so keep that with you and never falter. My genuine love and best wishes for the future are with you.xx
As someone who was the victim of a similar monster, my ex husband was incredibly violent and was ultimately sent to prison for attempting to murder me, I can say that from personal experience what is left behind is far worse than the actual attack. Your confidence is non existent,you feel worthless and strangely embarrassed,you lose your trust in everyone and spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder in case they decide to come and 'finish the job off'. My ex was released awhile ago now and 10 years on it is still just as difficult.His life stood still whilst in jail, so he stayed in that mind set of when he went to prison and continues to make my life difficult,the police have done what they can and we have court orders in place but they can not take away the fear.I have moved 3 times since his release just to stop him finding me. My advice to this lady is move away whilst he is in prison and start again, and before you all jump on my back and start saying i am wrong,I know its not right or fair for her to have to go but the fact he is still saying he loves her etc means I doubt very much if he will let this go, so be safe and go where he will never find you. Above all stay strong,i know it doesn't feel like it but you are stronger than you know,you have survived this far and you have seen this prosecution through so keep that with you and never falter. My genuine love and best wishes for the future are with you.xx JDP123
  • Score: 94

7:33pm Fri 13 Jun 14

sotongirlie says...

My heart goes out to Danielle and her family after all they have been through. Unfortunately this comes as no surprise to me as all his life Colin's mum has made excuses for his behaviour, nothing was ever his fault, always someone else's. She never ever made him take responsibility for his own behaviour and now her attitude has been to the cost of this young girl's well being and safety. I do hope she is suing him for divorce and moving on with her life and will find happiness eventually. He, I hope, will get a hard time in prison, idiot boy (man) that he is.
My heart goes out to Danielle and her family after all they have been through. Unfortunately this comes as no surprise to me as all his life Colin's mum has made excuses for his behaviour, nothing was ever his fault, always someone else's. She never ever made him take responsibility for his own behaviour and now her attitude has been to the cost of this young girl's well being and safety. I do hope she is suing him for divorce and moving on with her life and will find happiness eventually. He, I hope, will get a hard time in prison, idiot boy (man) that he is. sotongirlie
  • Score: 15

10:36pm Fri 13 Jun 14

ratface75 says...

JDP123 wrote:
As someone who was the victim of a similar monster, my ex husband was incredibly violent and was ultimately sent to prison for attempting to murder me, I can say that from personal experience what is left behind is far worse than the actual attack. Your confidence is non existent,you feel worthless and strangely embarrassed,you lose your trust in everyone and spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder in case they decide to come and 'finish the job off'. My ex was released awhile ago now and 10 years on it is still just as difficult.His life stood still whilst in jail, so he stayed in that mind set of when he went to prison and continues to make my life difficult,the police have done what they can and we have court orders in place but they can not take away the fear.I have moved 3 times since his release just to stop him finding me. My advice to this lady is move away whilst he is in prison and start again, and before you all jump on my back and start saying i am wrong,I know its not right or fair for her to have to go but the fact he is still saying he loves her etc means I doubt very much if he will let this go, so be safe and go where he will never find you. Above all stay strong,i know it doesn't feel like it but you are stronger than you know,you have survived this far and you have seen this prosecution through so keep that with you and never falter. My genuine love and best wishes for the future are with you.xx
13 years on and I haven't recovered paranoid, ocd's brought on by post traumatic stress disorder. medication oh and flash backs. not to mention lack of love life,,,,,,,,,, must admit if another man raised his hand to me I'd kick him all the way to the front door. but my ex is another matter. he terrifies me, I like so many others am lucky to be here.
[quote][p][bold]JDP123[/bold] wrote: As someone who was the victim of a similar monster, my ex husband was incredibly violent and was ultimately sent to prison for attempting to murder me, I can say that from personal experience what is left behind is far worse than the actual attack. Your confidence is non existent,you feel worthless and strangely embarrassed,you lose your trust in everyone and spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder in case they decide to come and 'finish the job off'. My ex was released awhile ago now and 10 years on it is still just as difficult.His life stood still whilst in jail, so he stayed in that mind set of when he went to prison and continues to make my life difficult,the police have done what they can and we have court orders in place but they can not take away the fear.I have moved 3 times since his release just to stop him finding me. My advice to this lady is move away whilst he is in prison and start again, and before you all jump on my back and start saying i am wrong,I know its not right or fair for her to have to go but the fact he is still saying he loves her etc means I doubt very much if he will let this go, so be safe and go where he will never find you. Above all stay strong,i know it doesn't feel like it but you are stronger than you know,you have survived this far and you have seen this prosecution through so keep that with you and never falter. My genuine love and best wishes for the future are with you.xx[/p][/quote]13 years on and I haven't recovered paranoid, ocd's brought on by post traumatic stress disorder. medication oh and flash backs. not to mention lack of love life,,,,,,,,,, must admit if another man raised his hand to me I'd kick him all the way to the front door. but my ex is another matter. he terrifies me, I like so many others am lucky to be here. ratface75
  • Score: 7

11:07pm Fri 13 Jun 14

JDP123 says...

ratface75 wrote:
JDP123 wrote:
As someone who was the victim of a similar monster, my ex husband was incredibly violent and was ultimately sent to prison for attempting to murder me, I can say that from personal experience what is left behind is far worse than the actual attack. Your confidence is non existent,you feel worthless and strangely embarrassed,you lose your trust in everyone and spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder in case they decide to come and 'finish the job off'. My ex was released awhile ago now and 10 years on it is still just as difficult.His life stood still whilst in jail, so he stayed in that mind set of when he went to prison and continues to make my life difficult,the police have done what they can and we have court orders in place but they can not take away the fear.I have moved 3 times since his release just to stop him finding me. My advice to this lady is move away whilst he is in prison and start again, and before you all jump on my back and start saying i am wrong,I know its not right or fair for her to have to go but the fact he is still saying he loves her etc means I doubt very much if he will let this go, so be safe and go where he will never find you. Above all stay strong,i know it doesn't feel like it but you are stronger than you know,you have survived this far and you have seen this prosecution through so keep that with you and never falter. My genuine love and best wishes for the future are with you.xx
13 years on and I haven't recovered paranoid, ocd's brought on by post traumatic stress disorder. medication oh and flash backs. not to mention lack of love life,,,,,,,,,, must admit if another man raised his hand to me I'd kick him all the way to the front door. but my ex is another matter. he terrifies me, I like so many others am lucky to be here.
@ratface75-Your ex still terrifies you because the control he had over you and the fear he instilled in you is too deep to ever be gone, same here. But we are lucky to be here and we need to remind ourselves that we survived because we are strong and we fought for that survival so it is ours. Never let him break you, you are better than him. I hope you are getting support. Love and hugs to you.xx
[quote][p][bold]ratface75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JDP123[/bold] wrote: As someone who was the victim of a similar monster, my ex husband was incredibly violent and was ultimately sent to prison for attempting to murder me, I can say that from personal experience what is left behind is far worse than the actual attack. Your confidence is non existent,you feel worthless and strangely embarrassed,you lose your trust in everyone and spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder in case they decide to come and 'finish the job off'. My ex was released awhile ago now and 10 years on it is still just as difficult.His life stood still whilst in jail, so he stayed in that mind set of when he went to prison and continues to make my life difficult,the police have done what they can and we have court orders in place but they can not take away the fear.I have moved 3 times since his release just to stop him finding me. My advice to this lady is move away whilst he is in prison and start again, and before you all jump on my back and start saying i am wrong,I know its not right or fair for her to have to go but the fact he is still saying he loves her etc means I doubt very much if he will let this go, so be safe and go where he will never find you. Above all stay strong,i know it doesn't feel like it but you are stronger than you know,you have survived this far and you have seen this prosecution through so keep that with you and never falter. My genuine love and best wishes for the future are with you.xx[/p][/quote]13 years on and I haven't recovered paranoid, ocd's brought on by post traumatic stress disorder. medication oh and flash backs. not to mention lack of love life,,,,,,,,,, must admit if another man raised his hand to me I'd kick him all the way to the front door. but my ex is another matter. he terrifies me, I like so many others am lucky to be here.[/p][/quote]@ratface75-Your ex still terrifies you because the control he had over you and the fear he instilled in you is too deep to ever be gone, same here. But we are lucky to be here and we need to remind ourselves that we survived because we are strong and we fought for that survival so it is ours. Never let him break you, you are better than him. I hope you are getting support. Love and hugs to you.xx JDP123
  • Score: 5

9:40am Sat 14 Jun 14

normal1965 says...

scumbag
scumbag normal1965
  • Score: 0

9:06pm Sat 14 Jun 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

normal1965 wrote:
scumbag
they drink too much stella artois lol
[quote][p][bold]normal1965[/bold] wrote: scumbag[/p][/quote]they drink too much stella artois lol SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: -2

8:48am Sun 15 Jun 14

plastic_fantastic says...

SNUGGLES 78 wrote:
normal1965 wrote:
scumbag
they drink too much stella artois lol
SNUGGLES 78 are you one that cannot handle it then? I for one do drink Stella and never raised a hand to anyone
[quote][p][bold]SNUGGLES 78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]normal1965[/bold] wrote: scumbag[/p][/quote]they drink too much stella artois lol[/p][/quote]SNUGGLES 78 are you one that cannot handle it then? I for one do drink Stella and never raised a hand to anyone plastic_fantastic
  • Score: -3

9:12am Sun 15 Jun 14

Malcombe says...

SNUGGLES 78

If you can't be sensible sympathetic and understanding don't make a joke of this very serious case it's not the slightest bit amusing and humorous.
Danielle's husband Colin Prince needs special attention that could come from prescribed Drugs and Anger Management, poor Danielle has many physical scars and as much mental injuries to recover fully from if she ever does, I'm sure her evil husband wouldn't want to experience what he did to her.

I know a woman who experienced the same for many years,18 years ago this woman I'll name her Jane (not her real name) greeted her husband Mike(not his real name) who had just got home from work and she started talking to him about family issues, he flew in a nasty rage shouting in front of her 3 children, "You don't talk about our private life with any of your family" he then kicked her on her shin with hob nailed boots and steel caps, the next day she had a bruise from the ankle to her knee it was horrendous, he never ever said sorry because not only was he a very violent man he was full of arrogance, he never gave it a thought that she could of had to have the leg amputated, he was a monster who dabbled in Drugs as a teenager that could of damaged his brain, 2 of his children a son and daughter now in there 30s suffer from anger problems, Jane suffice to say divorced the monster and Danielle will be wise to do the same and try and move away, her monster husband can't be trusted and should of got 15 years without any reduction for good behaviour, we are all wish Danielle good luck and hope she can move on she deserves it
SNUGGLES 78 If you can't be sensible sympathetic and understanding don't make a joke of this very serious case it's not the slightest bit amusing and humorous. Danielle's husband Colin Prince needs special attention that could come from prescribed Drugs and Anger Management, poor Danielle has many physical scars and as much mental injuries to recover fully from if she ever does, I'm sure her evil husband wouldn't want to experience what he did to her. I know a woman who experienced the same for many years,18 years ago this woman I'll name her Jane (not her real name) greeted her husband Mike(not his real name) who had just got home from work and she started talking to him about family issues, he flew in a nasty rage shouting in front of her 3 children, "You don't talk about our private life with any of your family" he then kicked her on her shin with hob nailed boots and steel caps, the next day she had a bruise from the ankle to her knee it was horrendous, he never ever said sorry because not only was he a very violent man he was full of arrogance, he never gave it a thought that she could of had to have the leg amputated, he was a monster who dabbled in Drugs as a teenager that could of damaged his brain, 2 of his children a son and daughter now in there 30s suffer from anger problems, Jane suffice to say divorced the monster and Danielle will be wise to do the same and try and move away, her monster husband can't be trusted and should of got 15 years without any reduction for good behaviour, we are all wish Danielle good luck and hope she can move on she deserves it Malcombe
  • Score: 4

11:27am Sun 15 Jun 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

Malcombe wrote:
SNUGGLES 78

If you can't be sensible sympathetic and understanding don't make a joke of this very serious case it's not the slightest bit amusing and humorous.
Danielle's husband Colin Prince needs special attention that could come from prescribed Drugs and Anger Management, poor Danielle has many physical scars and as much mental injuries to recover fully from if she ever does, I'm sure her evil husband wouldn't want to experience what he did to her.

I know a woman who experienced the same for many years,18 years ago this woman I'll name her Jane (not her real name) greeted her husband Mike(not his real name) who had just got home from work and she started talking to him about family issues, he flew in a nasty rage shouting in front of her 3 children, "You don't talk about our private life with any of your family" he then kicked her on her shin with hob nailed boots and steel caps, the next day she had a bruise from the ankle to her knee it was horrendous, he never ever said sorry because not only was he a very violent man he was full of arrogance, he never gave it a thought that she could of had to have the leg amputated, he was a monster who dabbled in Drugs as a teenager that could of damaged his brain, 2 of his children a son and daughter now in there 30s suffer from anger problems, Jane suffice to say divorced the monster and Danielle will be wise to do the same and try and move away, her monster husband can't be trusted and should of got 15 years without any reduction for good behaviour, we are all wish Danielle good luck and hope she can move on she deserves it
sounds like the norm in the vile village.
[quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: SNUGGLES 78 If you can't be sensible sympathetic and understanding don't make a joke of this very serious case it's not the slightest bit amusing and humorous. Danielle's husband Colin Prince needs special attention that could come from prescribed Drugs and Anger Management, poor Danielle has many physical scars and as much mental injuries to recover fully from if she ever does, I'm sure her evil husband wouldn't want to experience what he did to her. I know a woman who experienced the same for many years,18 years ago this woman I'll name her Jane (not her real name) greeted her husband Mike(not his real name) who had just got home from work and she started talking to him about family issues, he flew in a nasty rage shouting in front of her 3 children, "You don't talk about our private life with any of your family" he then kicked her on her shin with hob nailed boots and steel caps, the next day she had a bruise from the ankle to her knee it was horrendous, he never ever said sorry because not only was he a very violent man he was full of arrogance, he never gave it a thought that she could of had to have the leg amputated, he was a monster who dabbled in Drugs as a teenager that could of damaged his brain, 2 of his children a son and daughter now in there 30s suffer from anger problems, Jane suffice to say divorced the monster and Danielle will be wise to do the same and try and move away, her monster husband can't be trusted and should of got 15 years without any reduction for good behaviour, we are all wish Danielle good luck and hope she can move on she deserves it[/p][/quote]sounds like the norm in the vile village. SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: 1

2:21pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Louloubellelisa says...

This vile excuse of a human being will probably serve just 8 months of the pathetic 16 month given to him. In the meanwhile, poor Danielle and her children will have a longer 'sentence'. The signs of the physical abuse may disappear, however the trauma caused mentally will haunt her for years, affecting any other relationships she may have, so a 'life sentence' for this poor young lady.

Let's just hope that Danielle and the children get more help & support than he does, as we are all aware that prison is an easy ride in comparison to what the 'victims' go through!
This vile excuse of a human being will probably serve just 8 months of the pathetic 16 month given to him. In the meanwhile, poor Danielle and her children will have a longer 'sentence'. The signs of the physical abuse may disappear, however the trauma caused mentally will haunt her for years, affecting any other relationships she may have, so a 'life sentence' for this poor young lady. Let's just hope that Danielle and the children get more help & support than he does, as we are all aware that prison is an easy ride in comparison to what the 'victims' go through! Louloubellelisa
  • Score: 3

7:36am Tue 17 Jun 14

sotongirlie says...

She has children?
She has children? sotongirlie
  • Score: 0

6:51pm Fri 20 Jun 14

djbon87 says...

weasentile
weasentile djbon87
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