09 Feb '12, 5am

Judge orders man, charged with domestic violence, to buy his wife flowers and take her on a dinner date

FORT LAUDERDALE (Florida) - A spat over forgetting to wish his wife a happy birthday landed a South Florida man in jail on domestic violence charges. When Judge Jay Hurley heard the circumstances that brought 47-year-old Joseph Bray to bond court on Tuesday, he issued a unique ruling. Judge Hurley ordered Mr Bray to buy a birthday card and flowers for his wife before taking her to dinner at Red Lobster and bowling afterward. Judge Hurley ruled the couple should begin seeing a marriage counsellor immediately. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports Judge Hurley felt this was a "better resolution" since the incident was minor and Mr Bray had no prior arrests. Mr Bray's wife told the judge she was not afraid of her husband. A police report indicates Mr Bray pushed his wife during an argument but never hit her. AP

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