21/03/2014 15:34 GMT | Updated 21/03/2014 15:59 GMT

Man Locks Wife In Shed And Punches Her For Singing 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' When His Mother Died

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A man locked his wife in their garden shed after she sang "ding dong the witch is dead" when her mother-in-law died, a court has heard.

As if that wasn't enough, when she managed to escape by climbing through a window, he punched and tried to drag her out of the house.

The drama started when Beverley Salmon came home to find her belongings packed up and the house in Truro, Cornwall, locked.

Her husband, Andrew, told her: "It is my house now. You are not getting in."

Mr Salmon later explained he was angry at her for singing the rather disrespectful song following the death of his mother.

He told magistrates: "I was provoked but I am sorry for what I have done to my wife and regret everything I did.

"I was pushed towards it although I should not have done it."