A boxing trainer who sexually assaulted a stranger was an aspiring actor who appeared on Hollyoaks and bragged about playing a good villain.
Daniel Jones was jailed for 16 years yesterday after luring a woman into his home on the pretext of helping her injured dog before sexually assaulting her.
He then trapped a policewoman in his living room as she tried to save his victim in July last year.
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It has now emerged that as well as running his gym and boxing business, the 47-year-old had in fact continued to perform in the years leading up to the pandemic.
He had a number of roles as an extra on TV shows like Hollyoaks and the ITV drama Paranoid.
In his IMDB profile, Jones’ build is described as lending itself to “goons, security guards, and villains.”
The profile reads: “Having spent several years working in security management and then owning his own security business and a boxing gym. Daniel was inspired by the many famous actors he was to meet and a few years later and after some introspection, his artistic nature guided him towards the end of 2008.
“Due to his physique, 5’10 and 185 pounds, Daniel tends to be offered the roles of henchmen, security guards and villains, which includes appearances on the show during prime time. listening to Channel 4 Hollyoaks in 2016 and Channel 4’s Gathering Hour in 2010. and the ITV Drama Paranoid in 2016.”
It appears that Jones’ roles were mostly extras, and he had continued to act less in the years immediately preceding the pandemic.
Instead, he had focused on his gym and coaching business, Bespoke Bodies.
The court heard the coronavirus lockdown had a devastating impact on his business when gyms were forced to close, putting a strain on his mental health
Trevor Parry-Jones, in defence, said: “He couldn’t continue training when the lockdown happened.
“It had a catastrophic effect on the gymnasium and started to have a massive impact on the defendant.”
While the court heard that Jones had previously suffered from mental health issues and drug use, this escalated as the pandemic continued.
At this point, he then started trying to start a business selling cannabis oil to supplement his income, but also started taking DMT, a psychedelic drug.
Evidence given in court indicated it was a disastrous decision, with psychiatrists saying the drug was not an appropriate way to treat his mental health issues.
While sourcing drugs from the dark web, people around Jones began to notice that his mental state was deteriorating.
While he reported feeling happier and healthier, his family members became increasingly concerned about his erratic behavior.
In a bizarre incident just before the attack, the court heard that while in a swimming pool, Jones told family members he could swim underwater indefinitely without breathing.
Despite this, there was no suggestion that Jones, who had no similar prior convictions, would launch what a judge ruled was a planned attack on a stranger in the middle of the day.
While his neighbors thought he was not in a good mental state, they apparently described him as “dumb as a paintbrush” rather than a violent threat.
Yet standing outside in the street and behaving so erratically that members of the public called the police, Jones came to the attention of a woman after saying her dog was hit by a car.
In a conversation that his victim later told police was “very persuasive”, Jones convinced her to come to his house to help him call a vet as he was in distress.
However, once through the door, he immediately attacked her, ripping her clothes off and subjecting her to a terrifying sexual assault.
When police, who were responding to previous calls about Jones’ behavior, arrived at his home, he dragged an officer into his living room, blocked the door and threatened to kill her.
He also snatched her body-worn camera before she managed to escape and the 47-year-old was arrested.
The judge in his case, Recorder Ian Unsworth, QC, said Jones posed a significant risk to women and without the proper support he could reoffend.
He said Jones “humiliated” his victim in a “brutal, callous and sustained assault” before targeting a lone female police officer.
Jones was sentenced to 16 years in prison, with an additional eight years on license.