Tree surgeon, 48, who pushed his wife, 46, down the stairs and broke her hip in a fit of rage after their Wi-Fi went out, is spared jail

Pictured: Grant Wagster and his wife Lyndsey.  Tree surgeon Grant Wagster pushed his wife Lyndsey down the stairs and broke her hip in a fit of rage after a Wi-Fi outage at his home

A tree surgeon who pushed his wife down the stairs and broke her hip because of a WiFi failure has been spared jail.

Grant Wagster, 48, was entering online transactions on his computer when he flew into a fit of rage and started throwing things in frustration after his internet went out.

He pushed his wife of 14 years, Lyndsey, 46, ‘with all his might’ after she asked him what was going on, a court heard.

Mrs Wagster, a mortgage adviser, fell down the stairs, hit her head on a wall and broke her hip.

Despite being asked to call an ambulance, he picked her up on the landing and then threw her on the bed before finally giving her the phone to call 999.

The shocked woman later told police the pain was “unbearable” and said she had “never known so much pain in her life.”

Pictured: Grant Wagster and his wife Lyndsey.  Tree surgeon Grant Wagster pushed his wife Lyndsey down the stairs and broke her hip in a fit of rage after a Wi-Fi outage at his home

Pictured: Grant Wagster and his wife Lyndsey. Tree surgeon Grant Wagster pushed his wife Lyndsey down the stairs and broke her hip in a fit of rage after a Wi-Fi outage at his home

Wagster (pictured with his wife) pushed his wife of 14 years 'with all his might' after his internet went out, a court heard

Wagster (pictured with his wife) pushed his wife of 14 years ‘with all his might’ after his internet went out, a court heard

Warrington Magistrates' Court ordered Wagster to pay his wife £1,000 for causing 'grievous bodily harm'

Warrington Magistrates’ Court ordered Wagster to pay his wife £1,000 for causing ‘grievous bodily harm’

Wagster, from Macclesfield, Cheshire, blamed his attack on a combination of alcohol and the “crippling stress” of maintaining his business, which has won the Tree Surgeon of the Year award three times in a row.

At Warrington Magistrates’ Court he was ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to his wife after admitting causing grievous bodily harm.

He was also sentenced to 23 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, along with a requirement that he complete 25 days of rehabilitation activities, 30 sessions of the Building Better Relationships program and 120 days of alcohol abstinence monitoring.

JPs also imposed an 18-month restraining order banning Wagster from approaching or contacting his wife, other than through a lawyer, in connection with divorce proceedings or for the disposition of the matrimonial home they co-own. The couple is currently estranged.

The incident occurred on November 25, 2022 when Wagster was doing paperwork in his office while his wife was in the shower.

James Gore, prosecuting, said: ‘She heard a lot of banging from an upstairs room and got out of the shower. She saw Mr. Wagster throwing things around in her office. He screamed that the WiFi was down and he screamed and screamed.

“She asked, ‘What are you doing?’ and they told him to stop. But he ignored her and walked into his office. She stood opposite the doorway of her office, her back to the top of the stairs.

“When she said, ‘Why are you doing this?’ with one hand he reached out and pushed her, making her fall backwards. She fell down some stairs, landed on her hip and hit her head on the wall. “She said she had never screamed so much in her life or experienced so much pain.

‘It was an excruciating pain in her body. She felt she needed an ambulance. She said that when he pushed her, he used all his power. She begged him to call an ambulance or pass a phone so she could, but he left her standing on the stairs for a few minutes, breathing and snorting heavily with anger.

‘Then he picked her up with both hands and threw her onto the landing. He then threw her on a bed. She kept begging him to call an ambulance and shout for help.

Lyndsey Wagster (pictured) had never 'known so much pain in her life' after she fell down the stairs and hit her head on the wall

Lyndsey Wagster (pictured) had never ‘known so much pain in her life’ after falling down the stairs and hitting her head on the wall

Wagster blamed his attack on his wife on a combination of alcohol and stress from running his award-winning business

Wagster blamed his attack on his wife on a combination of alcohol and stress from running his award-winning business

‘Finally he gave her a phone. She called 999 and asked for an ambulance. She told them she had been pushed. He contacted her repeatedly since bail conditions were introduced. He visited the address several times.

“She says a pelvic x-ray revealed a left acetabular fracture at the neck of the femur. She indicates that there have been several incidents in the past where she was afraid of Mr. Wagster, where she felt like she had to walk on eggshells around him.”

Wagster had three previous drink-driving convictions – one in 2021 when he crashed a two-tonne camper van during morning rush hour while driving almost three times the alcohol limit.

His lawyer Jon Keane said the couple had been together for 30 years and married for 14, adding: ‘His wife is someone he loves very much and it is sad that this is ultimately the conclusion of that relationship.

‘Alcohol undoubtedly played a role in the commission of this crime and he also describes the crippling stress that caused him to suffer from psoriasis. He is incredibly proud of his company and has won several awards.

‘For the third year in a row he won Tree Surgeon of the Year, but ultimately the stress of keeping that business running, combined with the alcohol on the night, led to this offence.

“It’s a single push with devastating consequences.”

Sentencing Wagster JP Stephen Storey said: ‘There was serious injury. It wasn’t serious, but it was certainly a serious injury that took a long time to recover from. ‘

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