Judge refuses to allow married couple from Fairford to get back together
A MARRIED couple from Fairford have had their pleas to get back together refused by a Judge.
Natalie Nash, 23, was asking to have a seven-year restraining order, placed on her violent husband Daniel in 2010, lifted so that they could see each other again.
She was devastated when she was told by Judge Jamie Tabor that he would not consider removing the order until April next year at the earliest, although they could communicate by phone and email.
Speaking to the Standard, Natalie said she knows her husband loves her from the bottom of his heart.
"I know he didn't mean to do what he did and I want to give him a second chance as everybody deserves that," she said.
"I really don't understand how any couple can try and make their relationship or marriage work over the phone or by text."
Daniel and Natalie first met when they were 16 and Natalie describes it as 'love at first sight' for both of them.
"We got married in Cirencester in 2009 and there was snow everywhere," she continued. "It was just gorgeous. It was the happiest day of my life."
Before the Judge made his decision he heard Natalie say that she believed her husband had 'learnt his lesson' and would not hit her anymore.
"In court, Daniel said that losing me made him realise that what he did was wrong and asked me if I could forgive him and forget," Natalie said to the Standard. "So that's what I intend to do."
Judge Tabor said it was an 'uncomfortable' decision to make but he had to ensure Mrs Nash was safe from harm.
He asked Mrs Nash what she would do if Mr Nash hit her one more time to which she replied 'I don't know'.
"That's what worries me," he said. "None of it is your fault. No man has a right to whack his girlfriend or wife ever. The problem is he will make you think it's your fault and you won't do anything about it.
"It is a difficult task for a judge to stand between a man and wife and I find it, frankly, uncomfortable. But I have responsibilities towards Mrs Nash to ensure she is protected and not hurt in the future.
"If she tells me next year 'I have now talked to him regularly and I am comfortable he understands he has got to behave' then I will lift the restraining order further."
When Daniel Nash appeared in court in 2010, it was said that his behaviour towards Natalie had deteriorated after a year of marriage. He became violent, aggressive and there were a number of rows to which the police were called, including one in which he chased his wife through into the street brandishing a piece of wood. He admitted common assault, harassment, affray, and threatening to damage her property.
At the time he was sentenced to a two-year supervision order, a restraining order for seven years, and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.