Judge sends man on date with wife

A US judge has ordered a man accused of scuffling with his wife to take her out for a date.

Jospeh Bray, 47, was told to buy wife Sonja, 39, flowers and then take her out bowling and for a romantic meal, reports the Sun Sentinel.

Judge John Hurley also ordered the couple, of Plantation, Florida, to visit a marriage guidance counsellor.

Bray was charged with domestic violence after he and his wife got embroiled in a spat after he failed to wish her a happy birthday.

Mrs Bray claimed that her husband shoved her against a sofa and grabbed her neck.

But the judge handed down his ruling after deeming the offence “very, very minor”.

However, he said Bray would face jail if he did not follow his sentence to the letter.

“He’s going to stop by somewhere and he’s going to get some flowers,” said Judge Hurley.

“And then he’s going to go home, pick up his wife, get dressed, take her to Red Lobster. And then after they have Red Lobster, they’re going to go bowling.”