Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Construction Boss Told His Wife: 'You're Going to Die'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Construction Boss Told His Wife: 'You're Going to Die'

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A WEALTHY businessman told his wife 'you're going to die' in a tirade of drunken abuse as he struggled to get into his £1.3m mansion after a night out.

Construction boss Anthony Roberts, 51, had been out for drinks and a curry with a friend but struggled to get his front door key in the lock when he arrived home.

His wife, Joanne, 49, was at the home and answered the door at 12.30am and asked him why he did not use his key.

But Roberts, who believed she had locked him out, hurled abuse at her and said: "F*** off before I f***ing stab you." He added: "Do you know what your life is. I'm going to make your life so much hell? I'm going to kill you. You're going to die, you're going to die."

Manchester magistrates court heard the couple were going through a divorce but had agreed to live under the same roof and 'tensions' had been building between them in the days before the incident.

Mrs Roberts used her phone to record her husband and, in the footage, was heard weeping in the background as she begged him to stop. She forwarded the recording to her mother, saying: "Listen to this.'' It emerged the couple's house in Bowdon, Altrincham, had previously been targeted in an armed robbery and Mrs Roberts was already in a state of panic when she heard her husband's efforts to gain entry. The court heard he has since moved out of the five-bedroom property, which he had put in his wife's name for 'tax purposes.' .

In a statement, Mrs Roberts told police: "I was really scared of him at the time he made these threats. There was also a knock-on effect and now even when I get a call or message from him, I'm scared and don't know what to do.

"I don't know what he is going to say or threaten next. I'm scared to be in the same room with him on my own."

Roberts, now of Hale, faced trial accused of making a threat to kill his now estranged wife, which has a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail. But his guilty plea to the lesser charge of common assault was accepted by prosecutors.

In an unusual legal move Roberts' lawyer also tried to persuade a judge to grant him anonymity - but the request was refused. …

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