I'm not a thief, I'm your love rival! Husband attacked wife's new lover because he thought he was a burglar

  • Dean Warren, 32, hit wife's new partner, Greg Hayton, 30, at marital home
  • He found Mr Hayton wearing Gemma's dressing gown
  • Warren, of Lavenham, Suffolk, given 12-month conditional discharge

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Dean Warren, 32, was given a 12-month conditional discharge at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court, pictured, for attacking the new partner of his ex-wife

Dean Warren, 32, was given a 12-month conditional discharge at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court, pictured, for attacking the new partner of his ex-wife

An angry husband attacked his estranged wife's new lover after assuming he was a burglar when he found him wearing her dressing gown, a court heard.

Quantity surveyor Dean Warren, 32, texted his wife Gemma on February 9 to say he wanted to visit her at their former martial home while they were going through a divorce

Bury St Edmunds magistrates heard how he went upstairs and then came down to find his wife's new partner Greg Hayton, 30, sitting in the living room in her dressing gown.

Father-of-two Warren asked who he was and Mr Hayton, who had just finished night shift, tried to explain that he had permission to be in the house in Glemsford, Suffolk.

Warren then punched him repeatedly in the face and body, causing a bruised nose, forehead and a cut lip as well as marks to his arm.

Prosecutor David Bryant said the injuries needed hospital treatment. He added: 'Mr Hayton did not fight back. It was a very one-sided match.'

Warren of Lavenham, Suffolk, told police in an interview he believed Mr Hayton had been a burglar.

He initially denied assault, but changed his plea to guilty at the last minute and was given a 12 month conditional discharge.

Warren was also given a restraining order banning him from contacting Mr Hayton or his wife except through a third party for matters relating to their children.

 

He was ordered to pay £200 compensation to Mr Hayton, court costs of £310 and a £15 victim surcharge.

The court heard how Warren had gone to live with his parents after the break-up of his marriage.

But he had been left paying rent to his parents as well as the mortgage on his family home, which was 'not financially viable'.

Picture perfect: The village of Glemsford, Suffolk, where the attack took place

Picture perfect: The village of Glemsford, Suffolk, where the attack took place

A solicitor then advised him to return to the family home as it was 'a big asset0'.

Declan Gallagher, defending, said: 'When he entered the house, the chap in the dressing gown did not announce himself.

'When they met, there was an instantaneous reaction on Mr Warren's part and a flurry of blows. To find someone in your wife's dressing gown would wind up most people up.'


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Something tells me he kind of knew the man WASN'T a burglar......

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Yeah, sure. Because a burglar will always commit his crimes by wearing his victim's dressing gown...

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I have often found it strange the way that Burglars nearly always put on a "Ladies" dressing gown before they start searching the place...

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Just what did Hayton expect ? Did he think Mr Warren would throw his arms round him & kiss him on both cheeks, was sitting in a house which is at least half owned by Mr Warren, in his wifes dressing gown. If that isn't taking the mickey I don't know what is. Hayton should have had sense enough to at least make himself scarce, not more or less parade himself in front of his girlfriends present husband. Quite honestly he asked for what he got.

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"Burglar" ...in Wife's dressing gown? Yeah right. Ha ha!

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A bit awkward.

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Disgusting! Should have been jailed!

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what seems to be the trouble.....looks ok to me...not guilty

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Surely he shouldn't get in any trouble if he thought it was a burglar...

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Awkward - feel sorry for the husband paying rent and a mortgage when another man is sleeping in his bed. You would've thought the wife would have told the new partner to leave when she realised the situation. I was put in a similar situation myself, luckily my then partner's (not so) secret girlfriend scarpered before i returned home after moving out for a trial separation but I was livid so don't blame this guy!

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