An Aber Valley man has been given a life sentence for attempted murder, after he stabbed a 61-year-old man outside a shop in Caerphilly town.
Appearing at Swansea Crown Court today, Thursday, November 17, Smith was handed a life sentence after he admitted a charge of attempted murder.
He was also given a one-year jail term for possession of an offensive weapon, which will run concurrently.
The minimum he will serve in prison is seven years and 60 days.
DC Matt Clarke, of Gwent Police, said: “This was a frightening, unprovoked, violent attack carried out on a busy high street in broad daylight.
“I would like to praise the actions of the members of the public who were in Caerphilly at the time of the incident, and thank them for coming to the assistance of the victim.
“The victim sustained serious injuries as a result of five stab wounds which will have a lasting effect on his quality of life. He currently remains in hospital for rehabilitation.
“We welcome the court result today.”
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Amanda Thomas added: “I would like to echo the comments and sentiments of DC Clarke in relation to the actions taken by members of the public that day.
“Their actions, together with medical personnel and police officers at the scene, helped to save the life of the victim and to quickly apprehend the offender. This type of crime is rare and I would like to reassure the public that this was an isolated incident.
“This incident has clearly affected the community and in particular those members of the public who witnessed the attack. We have ensured that appropriate support has been offered to those who have been affected.
“My gratitude goes out to all the police officers, police staff and members of the public who have collectively assisted with this investigation.
“This type of enquiry is resource intensive and has involved staff and officers from all different work streams within Gwent Police. The continued hard work and support has ensured that this investigation has been dealt with swiftly and resulted in a successful prosecution at Court today.”