Royston Jones jailed for 15 years for attempted murder in Abergavenny

20/02/2015

A man who attacked his estranged wife at a hospital in Abergavenny has been jailed for 15 years, after being found guilty of attempted murder.

Royston Jones turned up at Nevill Hall hospital last September and sought out Claire Jones, who was working there at the time.

During the trial at Cardiff Crown Court, Royston Jones was described as jealous and aggressive. The court heard that he carried out the attack 'like a man possessed' and that, but for the intervention of hospital staff, the outcome could have been fatal.

Speaking after Jones was sentenced, Jeff Mark, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said:

"Royston Jones attacked Claire Jones in a deliberate and highly vicious manner. There is little doubt that he intended to kill her and he would very likely have succeeded, were it not for the swift and heroic actions of staff at Nevill Hall Hospital.

"It is right that he has been held to account for his actions in a court of law. However whilst a jury has found Royston Jones guilty and he has been sentenced by the court, we should not forget the ongoing impact his actions have had on his victim, Claire Jones. We hope that today's sentencing will be of help to her as she tries to move forward with her life."

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Notes to editors:

The Crown Prosecution Service uses its own team of in-house Crown Advocates to present many cases in the Crown Court. This case was presented in court by Mike Jones, Senior Crown Advocate for CPS Cymru-Wales.