Tree surgeon pushed wife down stairs with ‘all his power’ over Wi-Fi rage

Grant Wagster pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm
Grant Wagster pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm

An award-winning tree surgeon pushed his wife down the stairs and broke her hip during a meltdown over their home Wi-Fi crashing, a court was told.

Grant Wagster, 48, shoved his wife Lyndsey, 46, with “all his power” in a fit of rage after his broadband connection went down, Warrington magistrates’ court was told.

He partly blamed his actions on the stress of running a tree surgery business which has won ‘‘tree surgeon of the year’’ award three times in succession.

His lawyer Jon Keane, who said alcohol also played a part, described the incident as “a single push with devastating consequences”.

“Alcohol no doubt played a part in the commission of this offence and he also describes crippling stress which as a result means he suffers from psoriasis. He is incredibly proud of his business and has won several awards,” he said.

“For the third year consecutively, he has won the tree surgeon of the year but ultimately the stress of keeping that business going, combined with the alcohol on the night is what has led to this offence. It is a single push with devastating consequences.’‘

The incident occurred on Nov 25 2022 when Wagster, who runs Ward and Wagster professional tree services in Manchester, was doing admin work in his office. His wife was in the shower of their home in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

‘Wi-Fi dropping out’

James Gore, prosecuting, said: “She heard a lot of banging from an upstairs room and she got out of the shower. She saw Wagster in her office throwing items around. He was shouting about the Wi-Fi dropping out and he was shouting and screaming.

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

“As she said, ‘why are you doing this?’ with one hand he reached out and pushed her and made her fall back. She fell down a couple of stairs, landed on her hip and banged her head on a wall. She said she never screamed as much in her life and had never known such pain in her life.”

At court, Wagster admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was ordered to pay his wife £1,000 compensation.

Magistrates also imposed an 18-month restraining order preventing Wagster from approaching or contacting his wife. The couple are currently estranged.

Sentencing Wagster, JP Stephen Storey said: “There was a serious injury. It was not grave but it was certainly a serious injury which took a long time to recover from.”