A 'loving' husband attacked his wife with a knife and an umbrella during a violent quarrel over his sexual tastes. Patrick Berry punched and kicked his spouse in the stomach and head before slashing her arm with a knife. 'My wife and I love each other still,' the American told the High Court. 'She has forgiven me, and we were hoping we could be together again. That is why I am here today.' Berry, 26, was appealing against his conviction and sentence. In February, he pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and was sent to prison for 18 months. But yesterday he denied having a knife and said he pleaded guilty because he had been led to believe he would get a lighter sentence. Lawyer Andy Hung, for Berry, argued the sentence was too stiff for a 'family dispute' involving a man under the influence of an unstable medical condition. Mr Justice Michael Wong Kin-chow agreed, and cut the jail term by six months. But Berry, who came to court expecting to be released, was disappointed. 'You are abusing me, sir,' he said. 'My wife is sitting there waiting for me.' Mr Justice Wong described the case as a 'sad one' involving a couple married for three years. Last August 27, the woman awoke to find her husband performing a distasteful sexual act, the court heard. When she put up a struggle, he pulled out a knife and tried 'to force her to give way'. He slashed her right forearm and she screamed for help. A neighbour heard her cries and called the police.