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Groom who was pepper-sprayed by Sydney police at his wedding makes emotional court plea

Dream wedding descends into chaos after groom’s ‘OUTRAGEOUS sex request’ – ending in him being pepper-sprayed by cops and declaring: ‘I’ll miss Christmas, again’

  • Joshua Neowhouse sentenced to four months after wedding day meltdown 
  • He had asked his wife if he could sleep with their friend, a court heard
  • When cops arrived at his western Sydney house they had to pepper-spray him 


A groom was pepper-sprayed by police after his wedding erupted into chaos when he told his new wife he wanted to sleep with their friend, a court has heard.

Joshua Neowhouse married his girlfriend in a ceremony attended by a small group of friends and family in Wallacia, in Sydney’s outer west on September 25 at 3pm.

Sentenced to four months in Penrith Local Court on Wednesday on a charge of assaulting police who responded to the disturbance, Neowhouse pleaded with the magistrate that he would ‘miss Christmas again’. 

Joshua Neowhouse fronted Penrith Local Court (pictured) on Wednesday on a charge of assaulting police after his wedding day meltdown 

The court heard the wedding celebrations turned sour about 9pm, after Neowhouse had been drinking for several hours, and he made the proposition to his wife sparking a heated argument. 

He then wandered outside into the street and continued yelling at which point neighbours called the police, the court heard.

When officers arrived they found Neowhouse, also known as Joshua Thomas, shirtless in his front yard, police say.

They tried to speak to him but he told them to ‘f*** off’ and walked back inside, court documents seen by The Daily Telegraph state. 

They then moved in when they heard a commotion inside the building. 

Neowhouse again told them to ‘f*** off you dog’ and that he was going to take a shower, the court heard.

They attempted to ask his mother, who was in tears, what had caused the argument but he walked directly up to an officer and yelled at him to take off his mask and fight him, police said.

Officers attempted to arrest him at that point but a scuffle ensued resulting in one-officer pepper-spraying Neowhouse in the face (stock image)

Officers attempted to arrest him at that point but a scuffle ensued resulting in one-officer pepper-spraying Neowhouse in the face (stock image)

Officers attempted to arrest him at that point but a scuffle ensued resulting in one officer pepper-spraying Neowhouse in the face. 

The court heard he was on an intensive corrections order when the incident occurred for the same offence of assaulting police. 

The magistrate noted he had previously completed alcohol and drug programs but still chose to drink heavily at his wedding. 

He said until Neowhouse accepted that he needed to refrain from drinking he was left little choice but to impose a custodial sentence. 

Neowhouse’s wife was present in court supporting him from the gallery and he yelled to her that he loved her. 

He is set to be released in March 2022. 

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