Former headteacher from Johnstown spanked wife over affair

Published date: 25 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A FORMER primary school headteacher spanked his wife to punish her for having an affair.

Graham Jones, of Wrexham Road, Johnstown, even prepared pie charts detailing how much pain she had caused him and showing how much he blamed her and the other man.

After they returned home from church one Sunday morning Jones, took his school teacher wife Sarah to the garage to spank her.

He had known for eight days about her new relationship and said she would receive eight spanks – one for each day of pain.

She refused to take her pyjama bottoms down but he took them down and told her to bend over the freezer.

When she became hysterical he said they should go to the cellar and he had a plimsoll in one hand and a garden cane in the other.

Prosecutor Gareth Roberts said Jones, a former primary school headmaster at Trelogan, near Holywell, spanked her four times with the pump but missed the fifth time.

She was in pain and crying, escaped back to the kitchen but he followed her and said she had only had four hits – and that there were another four to come.

Jones, who is now employed as an education consultant, pulled her pyjamas down again and struck her four more times with a spatula.

Mr Roberts said she was left with bruising and reddening to the bottom and lower back and called the police.

Interviewed, he claimed she had consented to what went on.

Jones, 44, admitted spanking his wife, 48 – who is now divorcing him – in April of last year.

At Mold Crown Court yesterday Jones, admitted a charge of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm, and received a eight month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He was sent on 27 sessions of an integrated domestic violence course and placed on supervision for two years.

Jones, who is in a new relationship, was made subject of a two year restraining order not to contact his wife.

Judge Peter Hayward said the couple married in 1998, they had two children and initially the marriage prospered. But things ran into problems when he had to resign from his headship and had difficulty finding a job as a supply teacher.

It was alleged he became controlling and argumentative, the judge said, and it was clear both had other relationships outside the marriage.

He discovered she had a relationship in 2012 when she sent him a text message intended for the new man, in error.

Things came to a head on April 24 when he prepared pie charts charting his pain and her blame.

Then on two occasions he slapped her to the buttocks and lower back which was without her consent.

But the judge said he did not ignore it was the sort of behaviour the couple had engaged in, in the past.

“This is violence in a domestic setting with a weapon which caused injuries,” the judge said.

Prosecutor Gareth Roberts said Jones found out about her affair with Paul Barber when she sent a text intended for him to her husband in error. It was alleged he was argumentative and controlling, prepared the pie charts showing his pain, and her and Mr Barber’s fault.

He gave her an ultimatum.

She had caused the most pain and fault but she had not suffered enough pain.

He said she had to be punished – eight spanks for each of the eight days she had caused him hurt.

After returning home from church he led her to the garage but there was a man standing nearby and they returned to the house.

She refused to go back to the garage but he led her there, where it did not take place because she became hysterical. He said she was making too much noise and led her to the cellar where she was spanked four times.

She was crying and screaming so he spanked her four more times in the kitchen.

Mr Roberts said the degradation he caused was an aggravating feature.

Andrew Green, defending, said Jones was a man of good character and there were glowing references available including from his new partner. He found the proceedings immensely stressful and was on medication for blood pressure.

Mr Green said Jones’ wife had given her story to a national newspaper at the weekend but failed to mention she had sent him a text two days before the offence, which indicated she was willing to engage in adventurous sexual behaviour including spanking.

That, he said, was a very important feature in the case which did not come out at the time of the complaint – but only after the police examined her phone.

Jones wished to focus on his children and move on.

“For a man such as he, appearing in the crown court has been a frightening and humiliating experience,” he said.

Jones said as he left court: “I don’t know what we are doing here. Only 32 hours beforehand I received a text from her telling me she had been naughty, deserved to be punished and she consented to spanking as she has done over the years.

“But it is me which is made out to be the bad guy in court and in the newspapers.”

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