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Ex radio DJ jailed for campaign of abuse against his wife

A radio DJ has been jailed for a vicious two-year campaign of bullying and violence against his wife. Court heard Marc Henry-Wallis, 44, beat his partner almost weekly, one attack left her with two broken ribs.

His victim has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and now carries a panic alarm with her at all times.

Henry-Wallis, formerly of Davyhulme, Trafford, Greater Manchester, was a DJ for Orrell-based Wish FM, which serves the Wigan and St Helens areas.

He was jailed for four years after he admitted five counts of assault causing actual bodily harm at Manchester Crown Court.

Prosecutor Marie Brannan told the court the defendant, also known as Marc Henry, repeatedly assaulted his victim between October 2012 and October 2014, almost as soon as they were married.

Jailed for 4 years Credit: MEN syndication

Drink-fuelled Henry-Wallis would punch his wife in the head, back and arms, taking care not to strike her in the face, so he could continue his campaign of violence without her injuries being noticed, the court was told. The woman has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in march 2016. It was only then she told police although there were so many beatings she couldn’t remember them all.

In a victim impact statement read out in court, the woman said: “It’s broken my heart that the person who loved me turned out to abuse me.”

Brigid Baillie, defending, pointed out her client had no previous convictions and had admitted his guilt from the outset of the case.

“This case is extremely serious. You have bullied and demeaned your wife through your constant and unremitting violence towards her and reduced her to a form of life that was hitherto unknown to her. “From being outgoing and personable, holding down employment and enjoying herself as people do, to someone who is a prisoner in her own life. That’s a consequence of what you have done to her.

“You used her as a punch bag for all your demons, all your frustrations and all your anxieties. She’s the one who bore the brunt of that.”

– Judge Rudland

Henry-Wallis showed no reaction when he was sentenced to four years behind bars. His 18-year-old son, sitting in the public gallery, sobbed as his father was led away by dock officers.

The defendant, of Avon Road, Pershore, Worcestershire, where he had been living with his father after leaving the marital home, was also made the subject of an indefinite restraining order and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.