A man who battered his former wife with a mobile phone, and had to be pinned down after “lunging” at her with a knife, has had his jail term cut on appeal.
Agop Hacatoroglu, 51, attacked the mother of his three children after a row in January last year.
He bruised her with the phone and then had to be dragged away by two other men, after just missing her with a knife.
Now Lord Justice Fulford, Mr Justice Teare and Judge Melbourne Inman QC, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, have cut that sentence to 10 months.
The court heard that Hacatoroglu had split up with his wife, but that the couple had got back together since their divorce.
However, on January 18 last year, a violent row erupted between them in their home.
Judge Inman, describing the incident, said: “The appellant, in anger, threw a mobile phone at his former wife which hit her on the shoulder causing bruising.
“He went to the kitchen, armed himself with a knife, and he thrust the knife at his former wife. It didn’t miss her by very much.”
He was then pinned to the floor by two male relatives and pushed into the garden and locked out while the police were called.
The incident had “a profound effect on the wife and their two young daughters”, the judge said.
Slamming Hacatoroglu's behaviour, the judge added: “This was a serious case of domestic abuse.
“It was aggravated by the use of a knife which was used to terrify the victim and which was only taken from him after a struggle and whilst there were young children in the house.”
But he went on to allow the appeal, saying Hacatoroglu deserved credit for his guilty pleas.
“We are quite satisfied that this appellant was entitled to a reduction of one third to his sentence to reflect his early guilty plea.
“The sentence of 15 months must be reduced by one third, to 10 months, and to that extent this appeal is allowed,” the judge concluded.