A man who attacked his wife with a two-and-a-half pound hammer has escaped a prison sentence for her attempted murder.

Paul Bond, 62, was today (January 10) ordered to be indefinitely detained under the Mental Health Act for public protection and to continue his ongoing treatment for depression.

Bond had earlier been found guilty by a jury of attempting to murder his wife while she slept at their home in Willingham Road, Over, on July 11 last year.

Dr Marian Bond, a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, was left with a fractured skull and jaw, after being dealt several blows to the head by her husband.

Yesterday Paul Bond, 62, was found guilty of the attempted murder of Dr Marian Bond, a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court .

She has since made a recovery and appeared in court to express her desire that she could one day resume her “loving and devoted” relationship with her husband.

Reading from a statement she explained that prior to the attack her husband had been receiving treatment for depression.

Doctors had warned her that his drug prescription could see his condition initially deteriorate. 

Dr Bond said she had no memory of the days leading up and the attack itself.

The Bonds’ home in Willingham Road, Over

She added: “It is and was my absolute wish that my husband was not charged with attempted murder but that he was treated for the mental condition that he was suffering from at the time… so that at some date in the future we can resume our life together.”

“We have been loving and devoted partners since 1982… For more than 30 years.

“During which time Paul has never been violent or abusive to me or anyone else.

“I can only conclude that Paul’s actions were down to the depression from which he was clearly suffering.

“I have always felt that hospital treatment over a prison sentence would be the best thing for Paul, myself and society.”

Dr Bond, an academic in Animal and Behavioural Biology at ARU in Cambridge, said that doctors had been amazed at the pace of her recovery since the attack and that she has been living independently at home since November.

The court also heard from Dr Alan Smith from George Mackenzie House who has been providing treatment to Bond.

He said that Bond’s mental condition still made him a risk to the public and that he should be allowed to continue his treatment in hospital.

 Dr Marian Bond, an academic in Animal and Behavioural Biology at ARU in Cambridge

An emotionless Bond, with long hair and dressed in a grey suit, listened through a hearing loop to Judge David Farrell QC’s sentencing.

Judge Farrell said: “On the 11th of July last year you armed yourself with a hammer.

“You waited until your wife was asleep. She was extremely vulnerable lying in her bed.

“You armed yourself with the hammer and then struck her to the head on at least three occasions.

“you undoubtedly intended to kill her… she miraculously survived…

“I have heard from your wife that you have never previously behaved in a violent way.

“The background is one of serious depression.

“Before the attempted murder you were seen by a psychiatrist. You were depressed, agitated and had self harmed and there were concerns expressed by you that you feared your wife might leave you.