A POLICE doctor who was accused of hurling an axe at his ex-partner has pleaded guilty to a charge of affray.
John Stephen Hood, 56, of Quarry Lane in Kelsall, admitted threatening unlawful violence towards Wanda Hargreaves when he appeared at Chester Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing.
He entered her property in Willington Road, Duddon, on August 28 carrying an axe and a petrol cannister, which spilt inside.
The 47-year-old victim fled the property at which point Hood was accused of throwing the axe at her.
She suffered a minor injury to her back but did not require hospital treatment.
However, at Chester Crown Court on Monday, Peter Hussey, prosecuting, said the axe did not hit the victim and she did not know how she came to have her injuries.
As a result, the three original charges – attempted wounding, possession of a bladed weapon and criminal damage – were dropped after Hood admitted affray.
Owen Edwards, defending, said: “He’s a very successful man in all areas of his life who cracked under his pressures.”
Judge Nicholas Woodward said all options were open in terms of sentencing as it had been a ‘serious and frightening’ incident.
Hood, who is on conditional bail, will be sentenced at Chester Crown Court on the week commencing Monday, December 13.