A man with a history of wetting the bed while drunk bashed his wife and stabbed her when she tried to guide him to the spare room to sleep it off.
A man with a history of wetting the bed while drunk bashed his wife and stabbed her when she tried to guide him to the spare room to sleep it off.

Drunk bedwetter stabbed his wife when she tried to help him

A DRUNKEN bedwetter has accepted his relationship is over after he stabbed and bashed his wife because she tried to guide him to the spare bedroom.

Corey Lee Milner, 48, pleaded guilty to wounding, two counts of attempted wounding and two counts of assault in the Supreme Court in Launceston on Thursday.

Justice Michael Brett sentenced Milner on Friday saying the couple had an agreement he would sleep in the spare bedroom when drunk so he did not wet their bed.

On April 28 this year, Milner and his wife had been drinking at their Nunamara home throughout the day.

"About 5pm you walked towards the main bedroom of the house," Justice Brett said.

"I infer you were intoxicated."

Justice Brett said Mrs Milner tried to guide her husband to the spare bedroom, but he wrestled her to the floor, held her head to the ground with one hand and repeatedly punched her face.

"You went to the kitchen and took a carving knife from the block."

Milner tried to stab his wife in the stomach several times but "she was able to prevent you from stabbing her by holding your wrist".

The knife pierced her layers of clothing.

"Clearly if you had succeeded … the knife would have caused a serious wound with potentially catastrophic consequences."

Milner switched his grip and brought the knife down on the back of his wife's shoulder, causing a wound that later required at least five stitched in hospital.

The court heard he changed his grip on the knife again and tried to stab her in the stomach, before wrestling her to the ground, pressing her head to the ground by the back of her neck and punching her repeatedly in the back of the head.

Mrs Milner escaped the house and phoned police when her husband lost his balance.

Her injuries were assessed and treated in hospital.

She had red marks on her body where the knifepoint struck her, a wound on her shoulder and her head and face were bruised with one eye almost swollen over.

Justice Brett said the attack was a serious example of family violence and "could have inflicted lethal injury" with the only mitigating factor being Milner's remorse and guilty plea.

The court heard Milner had a history of violence against his wife and other family members and his criminal history was concerning.

Mr Milner's lawyer said he still loved and cared for his wife, "but accepts the relationship is truly over".

Justice Brett convicted Milner and sentenced him to three years imprisonment backdated to April 28.

He will be eligible for parole after serving 18 months.


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Originally published as Drunken bedwetter stabbed wife with carving knife