A FISHMONGER has been charged with attempted murder after his wife was admitted to hospital with multiple stab wounds.
Martyn Bloomfield, who runs a fish stall at Chelmsford market, was arrested on Saturday morning at his home in Dukes Lane, Chelmer Village.
He was later charged with the attempted murder of his partner Kathy Bloomfield, one count of assault and failing to give a breath specimen when stopped by the police.
At Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday, Mr Bloomfield, 56, spoke only to confirm his name and address.
Officers were called to the couple's home which they share with their two young children just after 6am on Saturday, following concerns for the welfare of a woman in the house.
Police later discovered Mrs Bloomfield had been admitted to Broomfield Hospital with stab wounds and arrested the Chelmsford market trader.
Speaking on behalf of the prosecution, Phillip Pearson said the couple had been out in the evening drinking and that there had been a confrontation.
He told the court that after they arrived home at about 4am, Mr Bloomfield attacked his wife.
Mr Bloomfield is then believed to have driven his wounded partner to hospital before returning home.
Defending, Peter Butterworth said: "Mr Bloomfield understands the serious nature of the charges against him."
Mother-of-two Mrs Bloomfield, who owns Axis Hair Studio on Wells Street, was one of the driving forces behind setting up the West End Business Association.
Association chairman Richard Hickman said: "Everyone in the association is shocked and saddened by what has happened to Kathy."
One of Mrs Bloomfield's colleagues at Axis told the Chronicle: "We just can't believe it's happened.
"Kathy is out of intensive care now but won't be back to work for at least three weeks."
Mr Bloomfield's stall at the market was shut this week.
Ian Mackay, chairman of the Chelmsford Market Traders Association, said: "All the traders at the market are just so shocked."
Mr Bloomfield was remanded in custody until his appearance at Chelmsford Crown Court on September 3.