Marie Newowhouse’s husband, Joshua, sprayed with pepper spray on his wedding night, Wallacia, Sydney, NSW
It should have been the happiest day of their lives, but Joshua and Marie Neowhouse’s marriage ended with the police showing up, an embarrassing trial – and now the groom in jail.
The young couple, from Wallacia in western Sydney, married at home on September 25 in front of just five close relatives, as the state was still under Covid lockdown.
But just before 9pm, the intimate wedding party turned ugly when police said they had been called into an argument between the newlyweds after the groom expressed his desire to have sex with a guest, documents from the local Penrith court reveal.
Police arrived at the house to find a shirtless Mr. Neowhouse on the lawn with clenched fists, yelling and calling them ‘f**king dogs’.
The officers had responded to a “heated verbal altercation” that broke out when the groom allegedly made a sexual comment about a guest, upsetting his new wife.
But Ms Neowhouse – who spent her wedding night alone while her husband was in a police cell – told the Daily Mail Australia it was all a complete misunderstanding.
“I don’t know where all this came from – it’s so far-fetched and it’s not correct,” said the mother-of-one.
Marie Newowhouse said her wedding to Joshua (pictured) was a beautiful day before the police arrived
Joshua Neowhouse (pictured on his wedding day) sang a song to his new wife as she walked across the island
“We just had my mom, dad, and daughter, and his mom and sister, the celebrant and makeup artist — who’s also my good friend — that’s it.”
Ms Neowhouse said their families had celebrated the night of the wedding with drinks and loud music, but the atmosphere was “quite calm” by the time police arrived.
Police say Newowhouse was standing in the hall with fists clenched when they arrived, but his wife said he was in the shower at the time and had no idea there were officers at the door.
“The police asked me to go get him, so I went to the bathroom and they followed me uninvited and pulled him out of the shower,” she said.
“Josh didn’t know the police had been called, and he was naked and they were in plain clothes and he said, ‘Who the hell are you?’
Mr and Mrs Newowhouse (pictured with family). Ms Neowhouse said her family is distraught over the posts after her husband’s custodial sentence
Joshua Neowhouse (pictured) tried to ‘change his life’ before being arrested on his wedding day
Marie, who works as a cleaner, said her new husband resisted arrest and pushed a cop “which he shouldn’t have.”
“Yeah, he pushed a cop, but since I didn’t know who they were, I understand why he was confused.”
Ms Neowhouse said police grabbed the construction worker, pushed him to the ground and peppered him in the face.
He started yelling ‘damn, let me go, damn dogs, take off the mask, let’s go,’ she said.
Mr Neowhouse was thrown into the back of a police van and charged with assaulting a cop and resisting or hindering the police.
An emotional Ms. Neowhouse collapsed when she explained that she had only seen the court documents containing the “false allegation of his sexual advances with a wedding guest” the day of her husband’s trial, and she told his lawyer the details were inaccurate. .
The couple had been together for two years before getting married in September this year
Joshua Neowhouse (pictured with Marie on his wedding day) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months in prison
“I was really upset by what it said there because it seemed like our marriage wasn’t legit and Josh had no respect,” she said.
Daily Mail Australia contacted NSW police about Ms Neowhouse’s claims, but a spokesman said details can be found in court documents.
Mr Neowhouse pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months in prison.
Ms. Neowhouse was upset when Magistrate Mijovich noted that he had previously attended alcohol and drug programs but still chose to drink heavily at his wedding.
“The police are just doing their job and they have to swallow this nonsense,” Mr Mijovich said, according to the… Daily Telegram.
“I’ve been told there are mental health issues, but I don’t have any material to back that up.”
Mr Neowhouse’s lawyer said his client deserved another chance before being jailed.
“There were cases of domestic violence and theft and drink driving in 2020,” said Mr Mijovich.
Joshua Neowhouse asked if he could hug his new wife (pictured together) before being escorted to jail
“This is from someone who said he took drug and alcohol classes.”
Ms Neowhouse acknowledged that her husband has been in court in the past but said he was trying to change his life.
“I’m shocked that people will now feel that way about our wedding,” she said.
“At the ceremony, Josh wrote me a song that he played on his guitar and I walked over to him and played it for me. He also wrote a poem and read it to me.
“This is very disturbing to me and my family.”
Ms Neowhouse supported her husband in court this week when he was sentenced to four months in prison.
“I’m going to miss Christmas again,” he said after being sentenced.
His request to give his wife a hug before he was taken into custody was denied.
Instead, he yelled “I love you” as he was escorted through the dock.