South East Wales

On-the-run Jason Humble jailed for baseball bat attack

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A man who went on the run for 10 years after attacking another man with a baseball bat has been jailed.

Jason Humble, 51, of no fixed abode, was arrested in Newtown, Powys, in December last year after police received a tip-off about his hiding place.

He admitted unlawfully wounding with intent but denied attempted murder, which was accepted by the prosecution.

Humble was sentenced to 10 years and four months at Cardiff Crown Court.

Former rally driver Humble was one of the UK's most wanted fugitives and featured in a series of Crimewatch appeals.

The court heard he had already served an earlier 12-year sentence for killing a young couple in a road rage incident.

But he fled to avoid a second jail term after attacking a victim with a baseball bat in Ogmore Vale, Bridgend county.

'Premeditated'

Prosecutor Matthew Roberts said the prosecution would accept Humble's guilty plea because the attack had happened a decade ago and witnesses' memories would have "faded".

Judge Eleri Rees said she would take into account Humble's previous conviction in 1998, when he killed a young couple on a stretch of the A316 in Hanwell, south west London.

Humble's trial at the Old Bailey in 1998 heard he used his skill as a rally driver to shunt Toby Exley, 33, and girlfriend Karen Martin, 20, into the path of an oncoming vehicle after becoming "frustrated" that he could not pass their car.

Sentencing Humble for the baseball bat attack, Judge Rees said: "This was a premeditated attack and your victim had extensive surgery."

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