Chilling moment mum ambushed and held hostage at gunpoint for hours by ex

Rhianon Bragg discusses being held hostage at gunpoint by ex-partner

Gareth Wyn Jones, 57, stormed Rhianon Bragg's rural farmhouse with the shotgun and repeatedly threatened to kill her and leave her four children motherless. Ms Bragg had ended their five-year relationship but Jones refused to accept it was over.

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And photos, taken on CCTV and shown in court, show Jones come face to face with the scared mum. The thug points the gun towards his victim's chest in a chilling confrontation, reports North Wales Live. 

But after several hours, Jones decided to leave the barn where he was holding her hostage and forced Ms Bragg to drive to his home in nearby Caernarfon, north Wales.

The following morning, Ms Bragg managed to persuade Jones to allow her to go to a doctor’s appointment.

Finally, alone in the GP’s room, Ms Bragg was able to tell someone what was happening and the police were called, the surgery was locked down and Jones was arrested in the car park.

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He has since been jailed for four and a half years after admitting charges of stalking, false imprisonment and making a threat to kill,  as well as a shotgun charge.

Rhianon BraggCCTV footage captures the moment Rhianon Bragg was ambushed and held hostage at gunpoint by Gareth W (Image: Rhianon Bragg)

The look in his eyes was furious. I asked him to put the gun down and he said no. It was just totally surreal. As part of the trauma, I see it as an of out of body experience

Rhianon Bragg

Speaking today, mum-of-four Ms Bragg said Jones' reign of terror lasted five months after she ended the relationship in April 2019. He also stalked her, sent her messages and would turn up at her home to try and speak with her.

Recalling the August 2019 ambush, Ms Bragg said: "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.

“It was a gun I recognised because I’d used it myself in the past to shoot clay pigeons. It took three cartridges, it was a semi-automatic with a very, very fine trigger.

“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.

“It was just totally surreal. As part of the trauma, I see it as an of out of body experience.

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

Rhianon BraggRhianon Bragg was coercively controlled and abused by her former partner Gareth Wyn Jones (Image: Rhianon Bragg )

Caernarfon Crown Court heard Jones, a former council worker, had "scared his victim witless". Ms Bragg has suffered severe anxiety since the ordeal.

She added: "He’s bigger and stronger than me, and I knew I couldn’t outrun what comes out the barrel of a gun.

“One minute he was threatening to kill me, other times he said he was going to kill me before killing himself.

“I was constantly thinking what I would have to do and say to just get through the next minute.

“He was very Jekyll and Hyde, but I’d learnt to modify my behaviour - you don’t ever want to get the

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