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Somerset man jailed after Reveal body camera footage shown to court

11-10-2018

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An abusive husband was caught in dramatic Reveal body camera footage threatening to kill his wife.

Christopher Jansons, 62, was jailed after his terrified partner secretly dialled 999 as she lay stricken on the bedroom floor.

A court heard Jansons had confronted his wife after he secretly recorded her discussing their marriage with a friend.

But officers from Somerset and Avon Police caught the defendant becoming aggressive and preventing the woman from leaving their home on May 26 on their Reveal body cameras.

Today the thug was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison after he pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning and threatening to kill his wife.

The Reveal body camera video footage, which was played at Taunton Crown Court, clerarly shows the officers enter the house and make their way upstairs and into a bedroom where Jansons is seen standing over the victim.

The court heard Jansons, from Bridgwater, Somerset, refused to believe his marriage had broken down.

Detective Constable Mark Humphrey said: ‘Christopher Jansons could not accept his marriage had broken down and took his anger out on his wife.

‘In that moment she was terrified of the man she had spent the majority of her life with and I shudder to think what could have happened if she wasn’t able to call us on a hidden phone.

‘There are no excuses for domestic abuse and I’d urge anyone who is subjected to it, whether it be physical or emotional abuse, to speak to someone.

‘If you contact us we will take any report seriously and investigate any offences with the utmost care and sensitivity. You are not alone – we will there for you every step of the way.’

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