Man sentenced over wife murder bid

Published: Friday 20th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A jealous husband will be sentenced today for attempting to murder his wife as she worked in an intensive care unit.

Royston Jones, 39, attacked staff nurse Claire Jones, 35, in front of her colleagues at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.

Jones, who believed his estranged wife was having an affair, shouted “die” as he tried to strangle his wife during the attack in September last year.

Hospital staff managed to pull bare-chested Jones off his victim, ignoring his lies that he was armed with a grenade.

Newport Crown Court previously heard Mrs Jones, who was left unconscious and blue in the face, would have died without their “heroic intervention”.

She was taken to the A&E at the hospital, where she received treatment for a swollen neck and throat, elbow and back injuries.

Witnesses later described how drug-fuelled Jones, of Brynmawr in Blaenau Gwent, was acting like a “man possessed” on that night.

After being arrested, unemployed delivery driver Jones told police officers he would “finish the job” if he was released.

Jones denied attempting to murder his wife but was later convicted by a jury at Newport Crown Court.

He will be sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court this afternoon.

Published: Friday 20th February 2015 by The News Editor

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