A vile husband who battered his wife for not giving him clean socks has been spared jail.
Andrzej Kwietniewski, 39, slapped his wife and headbutted her before grabbing her by the throat, a court heard.
He also sent her abusive text messages threatening to kill her, as well as assaulting her and persuading her to hand over her wages.
A court heard that Kwietniewski had a history of making his wife’s life a misery.
Kwietniewski admitted controlling and coercive behaviour and received a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday.
Judge Jim Tindal said: “He’s feeling hard done by when in fact he’s the author of his own misfortune.
“He has not come across as full of remorse.”
Addressing Kwietniewski, the judge said: “You didn’t strike the probation officer as a man with a huge amount of insight into why you are here.
“Let’s be very clear about why you are here: You are here because you, on the day of trial, have signed a basis of plea where you accepted assaulting your wife by slapping her across the face and grabbing her around the throat and headbutting her and threatening to kill her in text messages.”
He was also ordered to complete 20 rehabilitation activity days, do 100 hours of unpaid work and slapped with an indefinite restraining order and told to pay £500 towards costs.
The court heard twice divorced Kwietniewski flew into a rage and attacked his now estranged wife at their home in Warndon, Worcester, last April.
Prosecutor Anthony Warner said when Kwietniewski, originally from Poland, married her in 2012 he “dominated the household”.
He also assaulted her twice, threatened to kill her, tried to control her finances and discouraged her from learning to drive.
In an interview with police, his wife said: “He tried to bring me down in the best way he could because he felt better about himself.”
Mr Warner said his wife would give him most of the money she earned working at Tesco.
He said: “In April 2018 he shouted at her that he wanted a shower and some clean socks.
“When they weren’t forthcoming he slapped her on the face.
“She spoke of wanting to end the relationship and of leaving him. He always replied ‘no’ and ‘no chance’.”
During another assault in October 2017 he grabbed her by the throat and headbutted her.
When she said she would call the police he told her: “No-one will believe you any more than they would in Poland.”
While he was on holiday in Poland last May, he threatened her over the phone, saying: “I will not spare you for this.
“Even your dog will not help you.”
Mr Warner said he would “make a habit of breaking wind” which “added to the general distress of the situation.”
On another occasion, Kwietniewski chased his wife to a school but the headteacher refused to let him enter the premises and he was arrested.
Mr Warner said: “He agreed he had threatened to kill her. He said he didn’t mean that when he said that.
“He said ‘I love my wife and I wouldn’t hurt her’.”
Jason Aris, defending, said Kwietniewski was a working man who had no previous convictions and did not want anything to do with his ex-wife.