Newtown man jailed for 'cowardly' cash point attack
A man has been jailed for 14 years for a "cowardly" and unprovoked attack by a cash point in Powys.
A jury convicted Alan Davies of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent during the incident in Newtown town centre last January.
The 49-year-old's victim, Gareth Evans, 62, was left unconscious with his leg broken in three places.
The retired teacher told Caernarfon Crown Court the attack had "ruined his life" and left him in a wheelchair.
Davies must serve two thirds of his sentence before being considered for parole.
A probation service report said he had previous convictions for violence and was becoming difficult to manage because of his drinking.
Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke said while it was clear Davies had mental health issues, he still presented a danger to the public.
She praised members of the public for going to Mr Evans' aid during the attack.