A drug addict dad who was given a second chance by his wife and Hull's courts after threatening to burn their house down has now been jailed after strangling her so hard she dropped their baby boy.
In April 2019, Josh Trigg, now 25, appeared before Judge Mark Bury at Hull Crown Court after pouring petrol around the home he shared with his wife and threatening to burn it down because she would not let him smoke cannabis in the house.
He had also put a pillow case over her head and hit her during the incidents in February last year.
But Mrs Trigg wrote a letter to the court at the time to support the defendant, saying he needed help to beat his drug addiction.
Noting her requests, Judge Bury said he would defer sentence for six months to see if Trigg, of Francis Court, could stay out of trouble and cooperate with a relationships course run by the probation service.
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In October that year, Judge Bury said Trigg had "just about earned" his chance and he was given a suspended sentence, rather than immediate jail.
"For nearly a year that seemed to have been a good decision," Judge Bury said at the most recent hearing on Thursday, December 3 this year.
But the court heard that, in October this year, Trigg had once again been caught out by his wife having drugs delivered to their home.
Graham O'Sullivan, prosecuting, said Trigg had promised his wife he wouldn't take them.
But soon after, Mrs Trigg found him in possession of pills and "heavily under the influence" of drugs.
An argument ensued and Trigg punched the wall in his anger, hitting a light switch so hard that it smashed.
He then pushed and punched his wife after she snatched the tablets from him, before pulling her up by her jumper, Mr O'Sullivan said.
She ran away from him downstairs to the living room, where her 11-year-old daughter and the couple's two-year-old son were present, the court heard.
Trigg picked his wife up by the neck and pinned her against the wall. Struggling to breathe, she told her daughter to run to their neighbour's home to phone the police.
The little girl managed to evade Trigg as he tried to stop her escaping and she reached her neighbour "crying and distressed".
But the court heard Mrs Trigg had also told her daughter to take the baby boy to safety too.
Trigg had picked up the toddler to stop that happening, the court heard. His wife took the boy from him, at which point he throttled her again, so hard that her hand instinctively went to her throat and she dropped the baby to the floor.
Thankfully, he was not injured.
Trigg then went to the kitchen and took out a knife, Mr O'Sullivan said, lifting it to his own throat and telling his wife: "I'll f****** take you with me you b****."
The police arrived to Mrs Trigg screaming that she had been assaulted and her husband had fled out the back door. He was soon found and arrested.
Mark Savage, defending, said Trigg had accepted full responsibility for the incident, adding that there were "no excuses" for his behaviour and that he felt "a great deal of sorrow" about his actions.
But he said Trigg, who had 22 previous convictions for 33 different offences, was continuing to struggle with the drug addiction that had brought him before the courts so many times before.
Trigg's wife accompanied him to court on Thursday. Mr Savage said she had told him: "When he's not on drugs, he's the nicest, kindest man around. When he's on drugs, he is untrustworthy and needs help."
But, sentencing Trigg, Judge Bury said he had already been given the chance to tackle his addiction by virtue of the deferment and suspended sentences handed to him previously.
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"All of the steps were in place for him to beat his addiction, with the required motivation," he said.
"But he obviously doesn't have that, and it is simply not good enough to expect to come to court and get the court's help when, one, it's already been given, and two, he does not have the required motivation."
The judge activated the suspended sentence handed to Trigg last year, adding two consecutive three-month sentences for the assaults on his wife and baby boy, to a total of two years behind bars.