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Husband harassed estranged wife by destroying jewellery and smashing window of her business

By SWEPRMosalski  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

By Ruth Mosalski / ruth.mosalski@swwmedia.co.uk / @ruthmosalski

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Howard Jones was sentenced at Swansea Magistrates' Court

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A HUSBAND struggling to cope with the end of his marriage harassed his wife by shouting at her in the street, destroying her jewellery and smashing a window at her Mumbles business, a court heard.

Howard Jones’s marriage to his wife of 16 years, Julie Jones, had ended in April last year and since then he embarked on a campaign of harassment against her, prosecutor Julie Sullivan told city magistrates.

He had sent her letters including a photograph of himself, and returned her jewellery, including a Cartier watch, which he had smashed up.

Jones, aged 60, from Brooklyn Terrace in Newton, had also been seen outside his estranged wife’s home in the early hours and followed her after seeing her car in the street.

He also smashed the window of the Jabberwocky shop on Newton Road in Mumbles which his wife co-owns.

On their wedding anniversary in October he hung a broken wire heart on the door of her business. He said he did so to “send her a message” that he was broken hearted.

In his police interview, Jones told officers he knew his behaviour was unacceptable and he could see how it had caused her distress but said he “firmly believed” he had done so because of her behaviour.

In a statement to the court she said: “I cannot continue my life worrying about what he was going to do. I am worried to go out alone in case he goes one step further and physically hurts me”.

Grayson Tanner, representing Jones, said his client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Magistrates gave him a 12 month community order, told him to complete 12 months supervision, fined him £250 and told him to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

A restraining order was also made to stop him contacting his wife.

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