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Husband beat up teacher because she was home late after bomb scare at school

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Judge David Tremberg suspended James Jones' sentence for two years (Picture: Google/Getty)
Judge David Tremberg suspended James Jones’ sentence for two years (Picture: Google/Getty)

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.

Teacher battered by controlling husband when she got home late because of a bomb hoax at school General View of Sirius Academy West Sirius Academy staff member tells court how violent bully husband 'destroyed her life' after savage beating By Sophie Corcoran A staff member at Sirius Academy West was viciously attacked by her jealous husband because she came home late on the day a bomb threat was made against the school. Paranoid James Jones, 61, unleashed his fury on his wife, who he had been with for four years, and accused her of cheating on him when she arrived home later than usual because of the hoax. Jones, of Levisham Close in north Hull, appeared at Hull Crown Court after pleading guilty to common assault against his wife and she bravely delivered a harrowing victim impact statement from behind a screen to the court. In it 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. "I had nowhere to go and no one to talk to, so then he had control over every part of my life." Sirius Academy West was one of two schools evacuated following a bomb threat hoax call 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 of the day meant that the staff member was late home from work. When she arrived home, an argument erupted but the pair went to bed. The next day, 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, even threatening to kill her with a knife. 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. He had also previously been cautioned for an offence of battery against another woman previously. He was in breach of the caution with the offence he was sentenced for at Hull Crown Court on Monday, September 9. The woman said in her victim impact statement how she felt like she was "walking around on eggshells", just waiting for the next thing to happen. She continued: "I moved away and felt safer than I had done and he turned up at my house. "I felt there was no point to my life and considered suicide to be free of him. At times, it was hard to see a way out and I'm scared to leave my flat due to him turning up at my door and being abusive. "I'm scared of everything and everyone, even the phone making a noise, thinking it's him contacting and messaging me. I'm too scared to go out and am always looking over my shoulder. "He has forced me to drop charges numerous times. I can't do this anymore, I'm struggling to sleep and live a normal life sometimes and need him to take responsibility for his actions." She added she wanted to move to a different town so she could get her life back. Mr Nigel Clive, defending, said Jones had seen the error of his ways and a pre-sentence report showed the understanding of the crime. The author of the report - which was 14 pages long - said in his many years of experience of interviewing domestic violence offenders, Jones stood out as "someone who was particularly candid and acknowledged his own culpability". Mr Clive said: "It's right to say the defendant is of the same view that the relationship was toxic, in particular when they were both in drink." 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. The judge told him: "This is a case with a number of troubling factors to it against a background of previous domestic violence and behaviour on your part in relation to this complainant and a previous complainant for which you received a caution. It falls that this offence is part of a pattern of controlling behaviour." However, he said that there was the opportunity for Jones' sentence to be suspended, after hearing evidence from both the prosecution and defence. He said: "I have read the pre-sentence report and you made an impact on a very experienced probation officer who reports you demonstrated an uncommon degree of desire to change and a willingness to take all of the help you can get." Jones has been served a 24 weeks sentence, suspended for two years, and must participate in a relationship course as well as a rehabilitation activity. He has been made subject to a restraining order and must not make any contact with his wife, direct or indirect and must not visit the road where she or her friend lives.
Sirius Academy West was one of two schools evacuated following a bomb threat hoax call made on March 1 of this year (Picture: Google)

‘I knew I couldn’t take anymore, he’d done so much to me in the years of us being together.

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‘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.

Silhouette of woman sitting in bed by window
The unnamed woman says she is now afraid to leaver her home (Picture: iStockphoto)

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.

A general view of Hull Crown Court.
Jones, of Levisham Close in north Hull, appeared at Hull Crown Court after pleading guilty to common assault against his wife (Picture: PA Archive)

‘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.’

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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.’

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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.

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