Mum ‘on a countdown’ after ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ ex held gun to her for eight hours

A mum says she's living "on a countdown" after her "Jekyll and Hyde" ex was jailed for holding her hostage at gunpoint for eight hours.

Rhianon Bragg told of her terrifying ordeal which was caught on her home's CCTV following a five-year campaign of abuse, the Daily Post reports.

Ms Bragg had ended her relationship with her twisted attacker Gareth Wyn Jones in April 2019, but the 57-year-old refused to accept it was over.

He stalked her, sent messages and turned up at her home and was arrested for harassment and menacing behaviour but released with no further action.

Jones ambushed Ms Bragg as she returned to her rural farmhouse in Wales and kept her against her will in a barn overnight on August 2019.

The mum-of-four said: “As I got out of the car, he suddenly jumped out and bang, right in front of me, in his camouflage trousers and jacket and his black leather shooting gloves, he had the barrel of the gun in my chest.

“I screamed in shock, and I remember him laughing. The look in his eyes was furious. I asked him to put the gun down and he said no.

“I knew straight away there was nothing I could do, I was completely out of control."

Five hours into the ordeal, her captor left the barn and forced Ms Bragg to drive to his home.

“He was very Jekyll and Hyde, but I’d learnt to modify my behaviour," she said.

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“As I was getting in the car, he turned around and told me in Welsh that he loved me.

“And that was when I felt the shotgun belt he was wearing under his jacket.”

The following morning, Ms Bragg managed to convince Jones to allow her to go to a doctor’s appointment from where she called the police and Jones was arrested outside.

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He admitted charges of stalking, false imprisonment, making a threat to kill and a shotgun charge and was jailed for four-and-a-half years- with an extended licence period of five years, formally making it a nine and a half year sentence.

He was also made the subject of a 10 year restraining order, preventing him from contacting Ms Bragg or going within 800 metres of her home.

But Ms Bragg said: “I’m living with a countdown and in fear of his release because he is an incredibly dangerous character.

“If he’s allowed back into the village, I think it will show there is a complete lack of understanding on the effects of stalking and the victims needs.

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“It’s so wrong, I feel as though I’m on a timer until he gets out.

“I fear next time it could be one of my children – or his next victim."

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “Offenders released on licence are closely monitored and can be returned to prison if they breach strict conditions on where they can travel and who they can contact.”

North Wales Police did not wish to comment.

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