A North Wales taxi driver had his left eye removed after he was attacked by a wild passenger Mold Crown Court has heard.
The victim Richard Brennan Mattison was maimed for life and now faces an uncertain future – with the possibility that he may lose the sight in his other eye.
His attacker Russell Owen Thomas, 26, of of Bodhyfryd Road in Llandudno, was jailed for three years after he admitted wounding and damaging Mr Mattison’s Fiat taxi vehicle.
Mold Crown Court heard how Thomas – who has a previous conviction for robbery – head-butted the Perspex screen protecting the driver and a jaggered piece severed his left eye.
Thomas then callously left him alone in the dark – badly injured and bleeding profusely.
Thomas had thrown £20 for the fare through the gap and £45 for the damage.
A police officer realised the enormity of the injury and called an ambulance and he was rushed to Glan Clwyd Hospital at Bodelwyddan where he remained for a week.
Judge Peter Heywood said, "You caused a catastrophic injury to this taxi driver which have blighted his life. In my view, taxi drivers working in the early hours of the morning to ensure that people get home safely are vulnerable."
Victim Richard Brennan Mattison said he's been subjected to “gangster style intimidation” and said he had been threatened with death if he gave his attacker’s name to the police.
A mid-Wales man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for breaking his 13-day old baby son's leg.
The 22-year-old from the Newtown area denied a charge of Grievous Bodily Harm.
He said that the incident happened when we was changing his son's nappy. He told the court that he feared the boy's leg might have been dislocated when the baby turned and twisted.
But the prosecution told a jury at Mold Crown Court that the fractured femur could not have occurred that way.
The judge, Mr Recorder Phillip Davies said: "Significant force, outside the normal course of changing a baby's nappy, would have been required.
"Fortunately, the fracture was completely united and within a month or so the leg seemed to be equal in length to the other, although that would be monitored. Very fortunately no significant damage has been caused by your actions."
A man who tried to kill a retired couple living next door has been given a life sentence in prison.
Sean Hedley Tierney, 66-years-old and from Llandudno, admitted attempting to murder his neighbours Nigel and Margery Gibbs last August.
Today he was told he must serve a minimum of 15 years for the attack.
Speaking after the court hearing, Detective Inspector Iestyn Davies said North Wales Police welcomed the sentence imposed by the Judge.
He said: “This brings to an end a detailed police investigation following the vicious attack upon Mr and Mrs Gibbs at their home in Ffordd Dulyn, Llandudno, on Tuesday 20th August 2012, when their neighbour Sean Tierney stabbed them for no apparent reason.
"Both Nigel and Marjorie Gibbs received serious injuries and it is due to their strength and determination, together with the skill of the medical staff that they have survived."