A MAN from Old Colwyn has been jailed after assaulting his wife of his 36 years, just weeks after receiving a suspended sentence for the same offence.

Philip Jones, 61, of Endsleigh Road, was sentenced to seven months’ imprisonment at Caernarfon Crown Court today (November 7).

He had previously admitted charges of common assault and criminal damage to property.


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The court heard that, on September 19, Jones was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years, for affray after he punched his wife, Carole, during an argument in August.

But on October 7, prosecutor David Mainstone said, Jones drunkenly assaulted his wife again, and broke a lock to gain entry to her bedroom, which she was inside at the time.

He has been remanded in custody since October 9, though Mr Mainstone said Mrs Jones still has “feelings” for her husband and would like to help provide for him.

Defending, John Wyn Williams accepted that his client faces “no alternative to immediate custody”, and that he has “reached the end of the line as far as assistance is concerned”

Mr Wyn Williams said the pre-sentence report compiled about Jones, formerly a self-employed plasterer, “makes for sad reading”.

Jones has been a man of good character prior to 2022, but his life and marriage were said to have “fell apart” since then, having also lost his father to cancer in that time.

His time on remand has been his first experience of custody, and Mr Wyn Williams said he has spent his time “productively”, such as through attending a gym in prison regularly.

Sentencing, Judge Timothy Petts, who issued Jones with his initial suspended sentence in September, also issued him with a restraining order.

This prohibits him from entering Endsleigh Road for the next 10 months.

Judge Petts activated Jones’ six-month suspended sentence, adding another month for the further offences of assault and criminal damage in October.

Jones will also pay a statutory surcharge upon his release from prison.

“For various reasons, alcohol now seems to have taken a grip on you,” Judge Petts told Jones.

“She was understandably terrified by what you did.”