Husband gets four years for stabbing

A CLECKHEATON man has been jailed for more than four years for trying to stab his wife to death.

Nigel Crook, 44, of Victoria Avenue, was convicted at the end of a Leeds Crown Court trial over an incident on December 2.

The hearing was told Crook attacked his wife when she told him their 18year marriage was over.

Crook, pictured below, then barricaded himself in his bedroom and had an hourlong standoff with armed police, who used CS gas and a Taser to subdue him.

He pleaded guilty to affray while a jury convicted Crook of making a threat to kill, an assault and criminal damage.

The court heard Crook attended a domestic violence intervention course after an incident in 2008.

PC Alex Booth was praised in court for the way he tackled Crook when the latest attack occurred.

Crook lashed out at officers with a kitchen knife and threatened to stab a police dog during the standoff. He had earlier held the knife at his wife’s throat and said he was going to kill her after she told him she wanted a divorce.

The woman suffered a cut finger and bruising during a struggle in which a chest of drawers landed on top of her.

Nicholas De La Pour, mitigating, said: “He was plainly in a terrible emotional place and could not cope.”

Judge Kerry Macgill sentenced Crook to fourandahalf years in prison, noting that officers’ lives had been put at risk.

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