Joshua Jolly followed lone women in Cardiff and sexually assaulted them in a series of ‘terrifying’ attacks
A woman whose husband was jailed for a string of terrifying sex attacks on women walking alone at night has revealed she had no idea what kind of trouble he was in until his crimes were revealed in court.
She has described her overwhelming feeling of guilt towards Joshua Jolly’s victims, saying she had no idea what her husband was capable of.He was this week jailed for 16 years for “terrifying” attacks on three women who he targeted while they were walking alone in the dark through the streets of Cardiff.
His wife, Sarah, said she wished she could have been the only person hurt and she would have “taken that burden,” Wales Online.
Sarah was completely in the dark about what Jolly was capable of and only learned the full extent of his violent actions at his sentencing in Cardiff Crown Court.
Speaking the day after Jolly’s sentencing, his wife of nearly two years said: “I feel guilty for not knowing, for not stopping him somehow. I’d rather be the one hurt than others.
“If I could have been the only person hurt and attacked I would have taken that burden from them,” reports.
Instead, she is left in utter desperation trying to “navigate the storm” and to tell the couple’s four-year-old son his dad is a convicted sex predator.
Sarah said: “I am completely lost at sea and adrift at present. I am alone, I am scared, I am unsure and I am heartbroken for my son.”The most heartbreaking thing, she said, is their son still asks, “Where is Daddy?” and asks when he will be home.
“He lacks the understanding of the gravity of the situation, and still expresses his love for his father,” she said.
“Not once did Joshua hurt him and therefore he has no reason to express feelings of anger or hurt towards him as of yet.”
Speaking from an Army base at an undisclosed location, 29-year-old Sarah said life had been “surreal” ever since she arrived home in Tonyrefail on April 12 to find her husband being put into the back of a police car.
Up until that moment, she thought she was happily married to Jolly, a serviceman, who she had met in 2013. But her life fell apart on that day.
“I wasn’t told anything by the police,” she said.
“All they would say was that a number of allegations had been made against him. They took a statement from me and left me with no information at all.
“They were asking me about dates but it was all so historic — I didn’t know what I was doing on those weekends.”
Since the arrest, she says she has been fed half truths and lies by Joshua. Although he was remanded in custody after his arrest, she said she was left feeling confused and angry about being left in a vulnerable position with a volatile and violent man.
At one point, Sarah said, it was suggested Jolly might be bailed, leading her to think whatever it was he was meant to have done couldn’t have been that bad.
But during a court hearing on July 9, Sarah finally learned her husband was leading a double life.
Jolly frequently went away for what he said was work, but he admitted he occasionally went to Cardiff to visit prostitutes to satisfy his “high sex drive”.
It was during his trips to Cardiff that he carried out his chilling crimes.
On February 11 2018, Jolly followed a woman in Cardiff before forcing himself on her while holding his hand over her mouth.
Eight months later, in October, Jolly chased a second woman in Cardiff and sexually assaulted her late at night as she walked home from the cinema.
On April 6, 2019, Jolly followed a third woman who he grabbed from behind and began choking as he sexually assaulted her.
He was eventually caught by police after he was identified on CCTV by his trainers and the blurry outline of a car.
In court, his victims described how he had destroyed their lives and that they struggled to cope. One said: “I am more scared than I ever thought possible.”
Listening to her husband’s crimes was devastating, but attending the sentencing was important for her own “closure and truth”, Sarah said.
“It was horrific, sat in that court room, listening to the evidence and watching horrific CCTV footage. All I could think was that it was 900 times worse than anything I could have imagined,” she said.