A secondary school staff member was viciously headbutted and punched by her husband after coming home late because of a bomb threat which was made at her school.
James Jones, 61, was ‘furious’ with his wife of four years for coming home late, and accused her of cheating.
At one point during the assault, he went to the kitchen to ‘retrieve a knife’ after saying he was going to ‘kill her’.
His controlling and abusive behaviour meant that his wife ‘contemplated suicide’.
Jones, of Levisham Close in north Hull, appeared at Hull Crown Court after pleading guilty to common assault against his wife.
She delivered a harrowing victim impact statement from behind a screen to the court.
She said: ‘I knew my marriage was over for good as it had happened even after all of the promises he wouldn’t hit me anymore.
‘I knew I couldn’t take anymore, he’d done so much to me in the years of us being together.
‘It came in many forms, hitting, abusing me physically, mentally and emotionally destroying every relationship I’ve ever had with my friends, children and grandchildren and tried to take my job away from me and caused numerous issues with anyone and anything I did, so I was alone.’
Sirius Academy West was one of two schools that had to be evacuated following a bomb threat made on March 1 of this year.
Staff and pupils were evacuated and taken to the nearby Costello Stadium, while police investigated and carried out searches at the schools.
The disruption on the day meant that the staff member was late home from work.
When she arrived home, a heated argument erupted, but the pair went to bed.
The following morning, Jones was up at 8am drinking.
The pair went into Hull city centre for drinks together but when they returned home, Jones carried out a vile and sustained attack against his wife.
The attack began when Jones’ wife took off her own tights.
Prosecuting, Jayne Bryan said: ‘He said it was his job and grabbed hold of her face and pushed her backwards and was holding her by her arms and started to punch her and headbutted her.
‘She bit him twice on his right arm to try and get him off her and to stop the assault happening.
‘He said he would get a knife and kill her and went into the kitchen and came back with a screwdriver.
‘She had managed to call the police at that stage and was laid on her stomach so he couldn’t get the phone from her.’
The woman was left with bruising around her eyes and scratches and bruises to her arms and chest where he had hold of her.
Jones had previously been cautioned for an offence of battery against another woman.
In her victim impact statement, the woman said she felt like she was ‘walking around on eggshells’, just waiting for the next thing to happen.
She continued: ‘I felt there was no point to my life and considered suicide to be free of him.’
The woman added that she was ‘scared to leave her flat’ and was scared of ‘everything and everyone’.
Mr Nigel Clive, defending, said Jones had seen the error of his ways and a pre-sentence report showed the understanding of the crime.
Judge David Tremberg suspended Jones’ sentence for two years, but said he would be subject to a restraining order and would have to participate in a relationship course and 30-days rehabilitation.