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Man assaults wife: She sang 'Ding dong the witch is dead' after his mom died

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A Cornwall man pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife in an English court Friday, claiming he was provoked into punching her, twisting her breasts, locking her in a shed, and locking her out of their home. Admitting that he still shouldn't have done it, Andrew Salmon, 42, said that he was in a depressed state made worse by his wife's unsympathetic attitude toward the death of his mother, most notably the continuous singing of "Ding dong, the witch is dead" after she died.

The court heard testimony, The Independent reported March 21, that what began as an altercation turned physical when Beverley Salmon, 42, came home to find her clothes packed into bags and waiting for her outside a locked house. Andrew Salmon then told his wife that it was his house now and proceeded to lock his wife in a shed, from which she escaped.

Speaking after the court case, Salmon said, according to the Daily Mail, "I decided to lock her in the shed as I knew it would really annoy her and that she would be able to get out of a side door."

He said he felt bad about what he'd done on Feb. 6 "I shouldn’t have done it and I am sorry but I was provoked into doing it," he said. "The things she was saying about my mum were horrible."

Salmon admitted to assaulting his wife to police when they arrived that day, telling them that he thought his wife was having an affair and had discovered an unknown man calling her cellphone. That's when he decided to pack her things and lock her out of the house.

But once Beverley Salmon escaped the tiny garden shed, the confrontation continuing after she let herself into the house with her key. They meandered upstairs, where the wife threw some of his clothes out the window. But she went a bit too far, according to her husband, when she sang "Ding dong, the witch is dead," a little line she had been singing ever since Salmon's mother had died at the end of December.

Enraged, Salmon punched his wife, got on top of her on their bed, ripped open her top, placed his forearm across her throat and, with the other hand, began twisting her breasts.

The man says he now regrets ever having argued with his wife. But she was "unsympathetic" about his mother's death (although he admitted also that the two never really got along) and he was depressed. And her singing "Ding dong, the witch is dead" over and over had finally got to him.

“I was provoked but I am sorry for what I have done to my wife and regret everything I did.” he told the magistrates. “I was pushed towards it although I should not have done it.”

Andrew and Beverley Salmon have two children. They've been married for nearly twenty years.

Andrew Salmon says he is unwilling to reconcile the relationship.

He will be sentenced in April.

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