North West Wales

Anglesey garage stabbing: Keith Williams jailed

Keith Williams
Image caption Keith Williams admitted attacking his former girlfriend and her new partner

A man who used a knife to slash his ex-lover and stab her new partner has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Keith Williams, 56, had been drinking before going to the Tyn Lon garage at Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, attacking Gwyneth Bennett and Geraint Evans.

The attack left Mr Evans with blood gushing from a neck wound, Caernarfon Crown Court heard.

Williams, formerly of Brynsiencyn, admitted wounding with intent and assault causing actual bodily harm.

The court heard Williams had lost his job as a carer at a nursing home, his home had been repossessed and he began drinking heavily.

He had become a "broken" man, unable to cope with the end of a long relationship, the court heard.

Judge Niclas Parry told him: "You were clearly out of control of your senses. You are extremely fortunate not to be standing here to be sentenced for murder.

"You were nothing other than a desperate man who felt he had nothing to lose. It's only by the grace of God that no-one was killed."

The judge said Mr Evans bled from a lacerated jugular vein after the terrifying attack as he tried to protect his partner. Both the victims are in their 50s.

"Mercifully the attack was limited in both cases to one blow," Judge Parry added.

As well as the prison sentence, a restraining order was made against Williams.

Speaking after the hearing, the investigating officer, Det Con Trystan Davies, welcomed the sentence.

"I believe this sends a clear message that acts of domestic violence will not be tolerated in our communities, North Wales Police and the courts," he said.

"The prompt and effective response to this incident, where the defendant was arrested at the scene, prevented further harm and injury being caused.

"I would like to praise both victims for the bravery and courage they have shown throughout their ordeal. I would also like to reassure the public that acts of violence such as this are a rare occurrence in north Wales".

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