Royal Marine's wife poured kettle of boiling water over husband's new partner, court told

Lucy Pasha-Robinson
Monika Fourie arrives at the Plymouth Crown Court:

A woman poured a kettle of boiling water of her husband's new partner after discovering their affair, a court was told.

Monika Fourie said she was going to make a cup of tea after walking in on Hannah Stokes sitting with estranged husband Wouter in the sitting room of the marital home, the jury heard.

The 34-year-old then allegedly threw the scalding water over Ms Stokes' head, neck and chest, according to The Plymouth Herald.

Ms Stokes suffered severe burns and a perforated eardrum in the attack, the jury was told.

Fourie, of Olympic Way, Glenholt, denies causing grievous bodily harm with intent but admits the lesser charge of causing grievous bodily harm without intent.

Wouter Fourie leaves Plymouth Crown Court (

Jo Martin, opening the prosecution, said Fourie had been "eerily calm" when she asked her Royal Marine husband Wouter to introduce her to Ms Stokes.

She told the court Fourie asked her husband to go upstairs before later approaching Ms Stokes with a cup of hot water and throwing it over her.

Hannah Stokes on her way to Plymouth Crown Court (

Mr Fourie then came downstairs to witness Fourie pouring a kettle over her, Miss Martin told the court.

Judge Paul Darlow commented Fourie had been suffering from anxiety and depression.