A JILTED husband throttled his wife of 26 years with dog leads when she wanted to end their marriage.

Paul Allibon told his wife: “If I can’t have you, no-one is going to have you” as he grabbed her in the bedroom of their home in Wells Avenue, Southend.

The 60-year-old had been married to the woman for 26 years, but in the weeks leading up to the incident on May 1, she told Allibon that she felt the relationship wasn’t working, and she had developed feelings for someone else.

Allibon tried to rekindle the relationship by bringing her drinks in bed and redecorating the house, but his wife still wanted to end the relationship.

The day before the attack happened, Allibon had taken photos of his wife in the shower. On the day of the attack, he walked into the bedroom when she was applying make-up, and started choking her.

At Allibon’s sentencing at Basildon Crown Court yesterday, Richard Witcombe, prosecuting, said: “She was thrown onto the bed and as he was doing this he made clear his reasons.

“He said ‘if I can’t have you, no-one is going to have you’.”

Mr Witcombe said at one point Allibon stopped, and his wife fled to the lounge, there he used two dog leads to choke her and she lost consciousness.

When she came to, Allibon was hugging her, but she managed to call one of her sons, who came to the house and called the police.

Allibon admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent, as his wife suffered injuries to her neck. Her nose and right eye was left bloodied too.

Mitigation said this was “totally out of character” and there had been no other incidents during the 26-year marriage.

Judge Ian Graham jailed Allibon for four years and ordered a five year restraining order to be put in place too.