Woman tells judge she wants to marry Bedford man who attacked her

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A lovestruck girlfriend told a judge she still wants to marry the man who smashed her over the head with a car wheelbrace.

Michelle Pope, who suffered a bleeding head wound and bruising, wrote to the court insisting boyfriend John Kinsella was not guilty.

Kinsella, 44, had previously admitted causing actual bodily harm to Ms Pope in his black Mercedes last December.

Another motorist had alerted police after she spotting the Mercedes driver making “punching motions”.

The motorist then saw the Mercedes passenger sit up and noticed she was covered in blood.

Police stopped the car the same night and saw the passenger was still bleeding from a head wound.

She also had bruising around her eyes and reddening to the bridge of her nose.

Officers viewed the attack on CCTV and Ms Pope confirmed she had been “smacked” on the head with a wheelbrace.

When arrested Kinsella, who lives at Crown Quay, Prebend Street, Bedford, made no comment.

Ms Pope did not provide a statement to police, the court was told. She later wrote a letter to the Luton Crown Court judge saying Kinsella was not guilty and she wanted to marry him.

On Wednesday Kinsella was due to receive his sentence from the court.

He appeared via video link from Bedford jail.

But judge Lynn Tayton QC adjourned the case so Bedfordshire police could speak to Ms Pope and discover why she had written the letter insisting Kinsella was not guilty.

Meanwhile sentencing has been adjourned until next Thursday.

Kinsella had also pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon in the form of a wheelbrace.

He further admitted driving with no insurance and failing to surrender to custody on a previous hearing in January this year.

The court was told he had 11 convictions for 14 previous offences. At least one of the convictions was for assautling a police officer.