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Policeman jailed for killing wife
Maria Jones
Maria Jones was found with multiple stab wounds
A police officer who admitted stabbing his wife almost 100 times has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Pc Graham Jones, better known as Ivor, admitted killing his 36-year-old wife Maria in the bedroom of their family home on Teesside in December.

At Teesside Crown Court the 40-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The 20-year veteran with Cleveland Police said he "snapped" when she taunted him about an affair.

The court heard how the mother-of-three was so afraid of her husband she kept a knife under her pillow and had told friends he had threatened to kill her.

You contemplated your own wife's killing at least some hours before you so fatally attacked her
Judge Peter Fox

On 2 December last year, the officer took the knife and repeatedly stabbed her to death as she slept in the spare bedroom.

Jones, who had denied murder, claimed he "lost it" after his wife repeatedly boasted about her affair with the 21-year-old man.

Her bloodstained body was found in a bedroom of the couple's 250,000 house in Ingleby Barwick near Stockton.

Speaking outside the court, Mrs Jones's parents, Ron and June Phillips, said: "When your daughter is married to a long-serving police officer you just cannot believe that this situation could ever have arisen.

"He was a control freak."

After stabbing his wife, Jones washed the knife, put it back under the pillow and phoned his sister, Debbie Robertson, telling her: "I've done it."

'Blatant infidelity'

Mrs Robertson alerted police and Jones was found lying on top of his wife, who had been stabbed 95 times to the head, chest and torso.

He had attempted to take his own life with a cocktail of red wine and sleeping tablets.

Jailing Jones, Judge Peter Fox QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, said: "You contemplated your own death but you also contemplated your own wife's killing at least some hours before you so fatally attacked her.

"I take into account fully the provocation you suffered arising not only from your wife's blatant infidelity, but the taunting about it you received from her."

The court heard the couple were put under strain when they had faced "malicious" charge they physically abused a child, which was dropped on the day of their trial.

'Brutal attack

It led Mrs Jones to go and stay with her parents in a village outside Burton-on-Trent, where her affair began.

The court heard that after telling Jones about it she taunted him about his lack of sexual prowess compared to her younger lover.

But Det Ch Supt Brian Dunn, who led the investigation, said: "This was a brutal attack on a defenceless young mother who had no opportunity to try and defend herself.

"It is a case with many victims, particularly the children of the couple who have been deprived of their mother and devastated by this traumatic event."


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