CCTV captures moment half-naked husband stormed into hospital to STRANGLE nurse wife

Feb 12, 2015

The 39-year-old was only prevented from killing his wife thanks to hospital colleagues who saved her life by hitting him with a chair and fending him off

Gwent Police / Wales News Service Royston Jones

A jealous, drug-fuelled husband faces prison after acting 'like a man possessed' when he stormed a hospital and tried to strangle his wife.

Police released shocking images today of Royston Jones walking through Nevill Hall hospital in Abergavenny, South Wales, bare-chested before he rammed his nine-stone wife to the floor in an attempt to kill her.

Today the 39-year-old was convicted of trying to murder his wife Claire, 35, in front of shocked medical staff - after claiming he had a hand-grenade.

During the trial, the court had heard how Jones had grown jealous that his estranged wife had become involved in a relationship with another man, Wales Online reports.

After he stormed the hospital, colleagues heroically managed to stop the savage attack by the muscular Jones in the intensive care unit.

Royston Jones entering Nevill Hospital
Topless: Royston Jones entering Nevill Hospital

Ms Jones, 35, told the trial: "He was like a man possessed. Marching towards me, seething and glaring at me.

"All he said to me was, 'you've done it now' and I said, 'what have I done?'

"He put both his hands around my throat and neck and I was aware of colleagues screaming and shouting around me.

"They were shouting, 'get off her, get off her'.

"I lost consciousness and the next thing I remember is being dragged into an office and a colleague telling me, 'you're alright now'.

Gwent Police Royston Jones entering Nevill Hospital
Raid: Royston stormed Nevill Hospital

"My colleagues were looking at me in horror."

The nurse was unconscious by the time the bare-chested Jones was pulled off her by fellow hospital staff.

Newport Crown Court heard that after being arrested Jones told police: “I’ll do two years for this. The court better not let me out or I’ll finish the job.

"I won’t be in jail forever.”

Jones, who has a history of using drugs, had taken drugs on the day of making the attack.

Gwent Police Royston Jones entering Nevill Hospital
Facing jail: Royston Jones

Prosecutor Michael Jones said: “He was a jealous, possessive and aggressive man who was convinced his estranged wife was in another relationship.”

Consultant anaesthetist Edward Curtis told the court: "I saw the man charging. Nurses were screaming, 'he's going to kill her'.

"I could see Claire on the ground and he was on top of her with both hands around her neck.

"Her face was turning to blue-grey and she wasn't moving and he was saying words like 'kill' and 'die'.

"I wrestled with him and managed to pull him off but his knee caught me with considerable force and stunned me."

Wales News Service Ltd Claire Jones
Leaving court: Claire Jones was saved by heroic colleagues

Jones was found guilty today and has been remanded in custody.

He will be sentenced on February 20.

Detective Investigator Leigh Mears said: "This was both a very frightening and disturbing incident in a place that is supposed to be a place of safety - a hospital.

"We must acknowledge the bravery of staff at Nevill Hall hospital - colleagues of the victim - for stepping in as they did, which undoubtedly prevented further serious harm to the victim.

"We would like to reassure anyone who is experiencing any form of domestic abuse that they are not on their own and there is help and support there for you.

Wales News Service Claire Royston
Terrified: Claire Jones told the court: "He was like a man possessed"

"There is no justifiable excuse for committing domestic abuse.

"We, together with our partners are able to provide victims with the necessary support and confidence to take positive steps to stop these offences being committed and to ensure any such perpetrators are robustly prosecuted.

"We are hopeful that the conviction of Royston Jones demonstrates that we, together with the CPS, take domestic abuse seriously and it will not be tolerated.

"We would like to recognise the strength and courage of the victim and others in supporting this investigation."

Gwent Police Royston Jones entering Nevill Hospital
Gwent Police Royston Jones entering Nevill Hospital
Wales News Service Ltd Claire Jones
Wales News Service Claire Royston
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