WHEN computer software expert Susan Evette Wade saw her husband walking arm in arm with another woman she drove on to the pavement and struck her love rival a glancing blow on the leg.
She admitted committing a 'crime of passion' - assaulting her husband's companion and a second woman who tried to intervene.
Wade, 38, of Burwardsley Road, Tattenhall, was with her husband, John, in Conwy where they had a boat.
A court heard how she 'lost it big style' when she saw her husband walking with another woman on his arm - and drove her 4x4 vehicle on to the pavement and struck the other woman, Karen Shephard, on the leg.
Miss Shephard fell to the ground and Wade got out of the vehicle and attacked her.
Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold heard on Monday how the husband said 'Oh, ****!, it's my wife' and ran off.
Miss Shephard got away from the scene in a taxi but Wade then attacked a friend of Miss Shephard's - Nicola Hughes - who tried to calm her down.
Defending solicitor Nic Parry said his client accepted that she had done wrong, but if it had happened in Paris and not in Conwy then his client would have a defence of a crime of passion.
Her actions could not be condoned but in the circumstances, were possibly understandable, Mr Parry said.
Wade admitted two charges of common assault and was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work for the community.
She was fined £350 after she also admitted careless driving, and she was ordered to pay £500 compensation to each of her two victims. She also had to pay £100 in costs.
Prosecutor David Boycott told how Miss Shephard was out for the evening with her friend Miss Hughes, and two men. One of the men had said he had fallen out with his wife, they left the Marina public house and she put her arm in his arm as they walked along the pavement, intending to make their way back to Miss Hughes' home.
At one point she heard a noise behind her and received a blow to the legs as a vehicle clipped her calf.
Things were then in a bit of a blur but she was punched to the head. The man she was with ran off.
A taxi arrived and Miss Shephard was able to get away. Miss Hughes, who had been walking ahead with another man, returned to see if she could help but she was assaulted.
Mr Boycott said she tried to calm the defendant down but Wade was abusive and swearing and punched her to the face and head.
The women feared for their safety and the incident had left them with physical injuries and had also knocked their confidence.
Mr Parry said that his client was a £38,000-a-year computer software operator who had been married but the relationship was now over.
She did not believe it when she was told her husband was out in town with another woman - and accepted she lost it big style when she saw him with another woman on his arm.
'She completely lost it. She punched Miss Shephard and pulled her hair,' said Mr Parry.
Miss Hughes had been 'in the wrong place at the wrong time' and Wade set about her because she had 'lost it'.