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Petition spares wife from jail

A WIFE who poured boiling wax over her husband's genitals escaped jail yesterday after he pleaded for mercy.

Michael Sladek, 45, presented a 73-signature petition begging that his wife be allowed to keep her freedom to Judge David Bryant at Teesside Crown Court.

Diane Sladek, 49, from Marske, Cleveland, had admitted causing grievous bodily harm to her husband.

Yesterday the judge gave her an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two- years. She was also ordered to pay her estranged husband pounds 1,500 compensation for the pain and suffering he suffered after the 'horrific attack'.