Mid Wales

Facebook rage: Liam Jones jailed for stabbing Rebecca Williams

Liam Jones and Rebecca Williams
Image caption Liam Jones stabbed Rebecca Williams after she ended their relationship

A 22-year-old man who tried to kill his ex-fiancee after she took up with an ex-boyfriend she found again on Facebook has been jailed for 13 years.

Liam Jones, of Brecon, Powys, admitted attempting to murder Rebecca Williams by stabbing her 10 times in the chest and then slashing her throat.

During the attack, neighbours heard him shouting: "I can't let Gary have you."

Police said the sentencing at Merthyr Crown Court was a "strong message that domestic violence will be dealt with".

Exchanging texts

The court heard that Ms Williams, 21, had ended her four-year relationship with Jones about a month before the pair had been due to marry last June.

Jones stormed out of his workplace the kitchens at the Infantry Battle School at Dering Lines in Brecon and confronted Ms Williams at her parents home, 15 minutes' drive away.

Paul Hobson, prosecuting, said: "She was in the garden when he arrived and he asked her questions about Mr Thompson. He was becoming more and more angry.

"He was there only for a few minutes before threatening Ms Williams, telling her: 'You and Gary had better watch your backs because I'm coming for you'.

"He raced home to fetch the largest kitchen knife he could find before returning to Ms Williams' home.

"All the while he was exchanging texts with her demanding to know if she had had sex with her new boyfriend."

He said Ms Williams expected Jones to bring some of her belongings from the boot of his car but he instead pulled out the carving knife and began stabbing her.

Struggling to breathe

He added: "He attacked her. He was stabbing out at her to the area of the abdomen. He pushed her to the floor and tried to continue to attack her.

"He drew the blade across her neck in a wiping movement causing injury to her neck."

Neighbours found Ms Williams struggling to breathe through shallow breaths and jerking as she lay on the ground.

After driving away, Jones texted friends to say: "I've just stabbed Becky".

He later told police: "I'm sorry. I didn't mean it. If I could not have her then nobody can."

Tom Crowther, defending, said his client's life had "centred on his relationship with Ms Williams" and her texts had "extinguished any hope" of a reconciliation.

Mr Crowther said: "He is very, very sorry for what he did on that night."

The judge, Justice Wyn Williams told him: "Having discovered that Rebecca Williams had taken up with another man you stabbed her in a fit of jealous rage.

"One stab had penetrated her liver and the probability is that but for medical intervention she would have died."

After the sentencing, Det Insp Iwan Jones, of Dyfed-Powys Police, called the crime "premeditated and vicious".

He said: "It's a substantial term of imprisonment and is appropriate for this crime.

"It also sends a strong message that domestic violence will be dealt with severely by the courts and will hopefully offer encouragement to others suffering from domestic violence that they can come forward to us and report it."