Woman accused of cheating on husband in hospital
A woman accused of using a mobile phone to cheat on her husband has been jailed for four years.
Danielle James, 26, was sentenced to four years and nine months in jail for an offence that carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
James admitted she was using the phone to send texts to a man she married in December 2013.
“You have broken your duty as a married person,” Judge Richard Young QC told James.
The court heard James used the phone for two weeks to chat about her pregnancy and that her husband had been worried about her.
She texted her husband, Daniel B. James, who told police he had asked her to take a pregnancy test and told her she was pregnant.
Young said James’s actions were not in line with the way she was “behaving” in court.
Police arrested James on December 16, 2013, after receiving information about a pregnancy testing device.
In court, the father of the child said his wife was “babbling” and that she had used the device to cheat.
He told the court he wanted to be clear about what he had done, but did not elaborate.
Judge Young said James was a “failing” person.
It was “not her fault” she had lied, he said.
Defence barrister David Young said the judge was taking a balanced view of the circumstances surrounding the case.
Mr Young said he believed James’s behaviour was “disgusting” and “devoid of any genuine remorse”.
The judge said the court was not sure if James was mentally fit to stand trial.
Sentencing James, Judge Young said her actions were “shocking” and made him “deeply concerned”.
He said the woman had broken the law by “using a mobile device to communicate with a person not her spouse”.
James was originally arrested and charged with using a communication device to contact another person and sending a false communication to another person.