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Woman wins right to see Iraq trauma husband after attack

A woman who was attacked by her Iraq veteran husband on Christmas Day last year has won her campaign to see him for the first time since.

Dave Adams, of Bedale, North Yorkshire, knocked out his wife Linda's teeth.

Adams was given a two-year community order after admitting assault and was banned from seeing his wife.

Magistrates have now partially lifted the restraining order after Mrs Adams said her husband was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Mrs Adams said that before the attack her husband had been given no psychiatric help, despite a change in his behaviour following a tour of Iraq in 2004 while serving with the Royal Logistics Corps.

Campaigning for the restraining order to be lifted, Mrs Adams said she believed the Christmas Day attack was as a result of her husband suffering from PTSD.

"Even though he did what he did and it was wrong, I know it wasn't him," she said.

'Slip through net'

Adams is now being assessed at a new centre for ex-forces personnel at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, before beginning treatment for PTSD.

He has said it could take "weeks, months or even years" before he fully recovered from the condition.

"I did not ask for PTSD. I went out to do a job in Iraq and I came back with it," he said.

"There was nobody there. You just slip through the net."

Mrs Adams promised to continue her campaign for more help for serving soldiers and veterans who suffered from PTSD.

She said she planned to meet her local MP and Foreign Secretary William Hague in the new year to discuss the issue.

The Ministry of Defence said the mental health of armed forces personnel and veterans was "a top priority".

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