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Clitheroe GP attacked her policeman husband
3:00pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
A 35-YEAR-OLD GP assaulted her police officer husband three times and twice breached a non-molestation order he obtained.
Blackburn magistrates heard all the offences were committed in Clitheroe where they had been living prior to the breakdown of their relationship because of her drinking.
And the court heard the GP was living with her parents as she battled her problems in the hope she could get back to working as a doctor.
Eve McKenna, of Ribblesdale Avenue, Clitheroe, was convicted after trial of all offences. She was made subject to community supervision for 18 months, ordered to pay £50 compensation to her husband John McKenna, and £210 costs.
Philippa White, prosecuting, said there were difficulties in the couple’s relationship due to her drinking habits. On June 6 they had taken their two-year-old daughter shopping, looking for a father’s day present.
“There was an argument between the adults and he left with the child and went home,” said Mrs White. “Later that night he received a text asking where he lived because his wife was with the sender and she was drunk.”
Mr McKenna collected his wife and took her back to her parent’s home. He took her upstairs to get her to bed and she started kicking him on the arms and legs.
On another occasion she knelt behind him where he was sitting on the settee and whispered in his ear: “I’m going to slit your throat, I’ll do time for you.”
When he tried to call the police she flung her arms around his neck.
On June 18 she repeated the threat to slit his throat and slapped him across the face following which Mr McKenna obtained a non-molestation order which prohibited any contact.
“Eight days after that he received a text from her saying she still loved him and an e-mail saying she was sorry for everything that had happened.
Jonathan Taylor, defending, said there were no injuries to Mr McKenna as a result of the three incidents.
“She was heavily under the influence of alcohol on the first occasion,” said Mr Taylor. “She is now doing a great deal of work to try and put her life back on track.
“Her aim is to get her daughter back and get her career back on track as soon as possible and she is certainly moving in the right direction.”
Passing sentence the magistrates said it was clear McKenna was making tremendous strides to address her alcohol abuse.
The GMC confirmed she was currently suspended as a GP following an interim ruling in June.