A court heard yesterday that a 45-year-old Whitechapel man was hospitalised following a furious attack by his wife who became enraged when she realised that the clock he had ordered on Amazon was specifically designed for people with dementia or the visually impaired.
Tracy Dell, 42, is charged with assault and battery, using threats to kill, and inflicting grievous bodily harm on her husband Toby, a diesel-fitter from Berner Street.
Under cross-examination, Mrs Dell told the court: “I came home from the shops and immediately noticed that my husband had bought a new digital clock to go on top of our DVD player.
“The numbers on the display screen were massive and there was also a calendar and a readout to tell you if it was morning, afternoon or evening.
“I realised at once that he’d ordered a clock for elderly people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. I suppose I just lost control and attacked him.
“I didn’t want the shame of having visitors thinking I was visually impaired or was going round the bend.
“It was bad enough when he bought us both a pair of those zip-up fleece-lined boots from Betterware that you see old people wearing. He told me that they had extra grip on the soles to stop us from going over during icy weather.
“I mean, how old does he thing I am for God’s sake?”
The arresting officer, PC Terence Carter, told the court: “Mr Dell was in a bad way when I arrived and was bleeding heavily from a head wound.
“The defendant was standing over him with a large piece of sawn timber in her hand which she had clearly used to beat Mr Dell with.
“Mind you, I have to say that the clock he’d bought was a complete joke.
“The numbers and writing were huge and the display was so bright you could barely look at it without getting a migraine.
“It was definitely designed for elderly grunters or people that have difficulty knowing if they want a shit or a haircut”
The case continues.