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You went "completely mad" Judge tells siege man
10:11am Thursday 27th October 2011 in News
A JUDGE told a man he had gone “completely mad” as he jailed him for 15 months for causing a three-hour siege in Willersey.
Armed police were called and neighbours were evacuated when Mark Kelly, aged 52, poured petrol around his home in Main Road, after assaulting his stepdaughter and threatening his brother with a knife.
Kelly pleaded guilty at Gloucester Crown Court to common assault on his wife Julie on September 30 and a similar assault on stepdaughter Bethany Adair, aged 18, on October 9.
He also admitted affray and making a threat to cause damage on October 9.
Judge Jamie Tabor told Kelly: “You just went completely mad. You attacked a young girl and almost throttled her in a desire to dominate her. You had already assaulted your wife.
“You then produced a knife which you threatened your brother with and then you poured petrol all over the place, causing mayhem.”
"You attacked a young girl and almost throttled her in a desire to dominate her."Judge Jamie Tabor
Prosecutor Mary Harley said: “He was shaking his fists in her [Bethany’s] face. She rang the police from her mobile. He grabbed her right arm and twisted it behind her back trying to take the phone.
“He pushed her onto the bed, put both hands around her throat and started to squeeze.
Eventually he released his grip and said ‘I hope you die.’ She was struggling for breath and had to use her asthma inhaler.”
Kelly was said to have threatened to blow up the house and set himself alight but after three hours he gave himself up and was arrested.
Jason Coulter, defending, said despite the incident, Mrs Kelly was supportive of her husband.
He handed the court a letter from Kelly's parents telling the court about the stress he had been under at work. Kelly realised he had an alcohol problem and had been addressing it in prison on remand, he said.