The Ministry of Justice is going through criticism for by accident sending a violent stalker intimate particulars of the anguish his sufferer and her household suffered due to his horrifying marketing campaign.
Rhianon Bragg, who fears Gareth Wyn Jones may goal her and her household once more when he’s free of jail, stated the MoJ had given him extra “ammunition”.
Within the new yr Jones will attempt to persuade the Parole Board that he needs to be launched earlier than the top of a four-and-a-half-year custodial sentence for offences together with holding Bragg hostage at gunpoint for eight hours.
As a part of the parole course of, the MoJ’s public safety casework part ready a file about his case that was despatched to Jones and, in error, included a letter written by a scientific psychologist who has labored with Bragg setting out particulars of the affect of his crimes on her and her household.
The letter was despatched to Jones in February however Bragg was solely knowledgeable this month of the error. The MoJ described the error as “unacceptable” and launched an investigation.
Bragg, 50, who lives in a distant hillside group in north Wales together with her 4 youngsters, stated: “It’s a completely horrendous state of affairs. They shared with him my psychological well being evaluation, my prognosis. They’ve shared intimate details about me and the kids.
“You need to preserve all the pieces from an individual like him. I can’t get my head across the severity of the injury this can trigger. They’ve given ammunition to a harmful man. What extra measures can be taken now to guard us?”
The parole listening to had been because of happen earlier this month however had already been delay till no less than the top of January earlier than the error was realised.
Bragg stated: “After I obtained instructed the listening to was delayed I used to be on a large excessive. That they had eliminated the concern of what was going to occur. I had certainty – we had been secure for six weeks. That’s been misplaced by this. I can’t focus, I’m not sleeping. How will you belief a legal justice system that may’t get the fundamentals proper?”
Bragg has campaigned for the parole listening to to be in public however the chair of the Parole Board for England and Wales, Caroline Corby, dominated that Jones’s psychological well being points could possibly be exacerbated by a public listening to.
Bragg stated: “His privateness is flagged up as a necessary human proper and adhered to completely. But there was an entire failure to have the identical stage for my rights. It makes my human rights, not for the primary time, appear inconsequential to the legal justice system.”
Liz Saville Roberts, the chief of Plaid Cymru in Westminster and a north Wales MP, stated: “It’s appalling that delicate details about Rhianon’s psychological well being was handed to her kidnapper.
“The legal justice system has successfully collaborated in enabling this violent abuser’s continued management and technique of inflicting emotional trauma to his sufferer by this negligence.
“Rhianon reveals immense braveness in casting a lightweight on the inequality of arms between victims and the state-enforced precedence of perpetrators’ rights. The choice to conduct the offender’s parole listening to in non-public needs to be reversed, as it’s evident that justice must be seen to be carried out as a matter of public curiosity.”
Bragg, a priest’s daughter, started a relationship with Jones, a mechanic, after transferring to her household’s smallholding in Rhosgadfan, Gwynedd.
Throughout the five-year relationship Jones, now 58, ceaselessly verbally abused and bodily assaulted her, and when she ended the connection in 2019 he started stalking and threatening her. She additionally reported to police that he was menacing her youngsters. Throughout this time Jones was arrested and his licensed firearms seized, however no additional motion was taken and his weapons had been returned.
In August 2019 he ambushed Bragg and held her at gunpoint for eight hours in a single day. She managed to get away by telling him she needed to attend a health care provider’s appointment. The police had been referred to as and in February 2020 Jones was sentenced for stalking, false imprisonment, making threats to kill and possession of a firearm.
An MoJ spokesperson stated: “The federal government has made important modifications lately to raised shield stalking victims so we’re deeply sorry for this unacceptable mistake and the misery it has induced Ms Bragg. We take one of these error extraordinarily severely and an investigation is below approach to perceive what occurred.”