A CHURCHGOING husband who hosed down his wife with freezing water when she "failed" to do his torture chores was jailed today.
Robert Simmons, 62, forced his long-suffering partner to carry a "mistake book" as he subjected her to nearly 30 years of domestic abuse.
Simmons made his wife carry out a range of exhausting tasks in line with a strict timetable he divided into 15-minute slots, Lerwick Sheriff Court heard.
The abuse lasted for 27 years, until Karen found the confidence to report it to Women's Aid in 2015.
Today Simmons was jailed for two years and eight months.
Simmons, a devoted churchgoer, forced Karen to carry notebooks around their home in Sandness, Shetland.
Among them, was a book to write each of her mistakes, every time she failed to please him.
Cops found hundreds of such notebooks around the couple's home.
On one occasion, Simmons made Karen stand in an outdoor building before he would hose her down with freezing water.
The dad-of-six also reportedly forced her into the boot of a car when she tried to flee, and stood on her head.
Simmons reportedly used religion as an excuse to the punishments and rules he set on the household.
In a statement read out by his solicitor he said: "I did wrong.
"At no time did I think she deserved this.
“I see things differently now.
"I don't think she deserved to be treated the way I treated her or to have the things I said to her said to her."
During their 30-year marriage, Simmons ensured that all his children were home-schooled, so Karen could not interact with other parents.
Prosecutor Duncan MacKenzie told the court that Simmons created a "cult-like atmosphere".
Speaking on behalf of the victim, Women's Aid said Karen hopes that her story will encourage others in the same situation to speak out.
The 62-year-old admitted 11 charges when he appeared in court last month.
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