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Knifepoint victim urges attacker to seek help after robbery left him fearing for his life

A man has spoken out about the moment he thought he was going to die when he was robbed at knifepoint while out walking his dog.

The 24-year-old said he realised he was in "far more danger" than he thought when he was approached by Teifion Lewis who asked to hand over his wallet in July this year.

Looking back at the incident, the victim, who has asked to remain anonymous, said: “Even when he was right in front of me with his hand on my chest, I assumed he must have had too much to drink and just stumbled into me. Once I saw he was brandishing a knife, though, that changed everything. It was at that moment that I realised I was in far more danger than I’d first thought."

He was forced to hand over all the money in his wallet to his attacker.

“I thought about how easily he could have stabbed me and I’d have been left out in an empty street, cold and alone, bleeding to death, without even a mobile phone on me to call my friends and family to tell them I love them,” he said.

Teifion Lewis, of Llammas Street, Carmarthen, was arrested and charged with robbery within four days, and was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

He said the victim apologised to him for having to mug him. “It’s not necessarily the whole event that comes back to me, but different parts, such as when he started to sob tome about his home life, or when he apologised for ‘having to mug me’,” he said.

On September 2, at Swansea Crown Court, Teifion Lewis was sentenced for robbery and possessing a knife in a public place. The victim read out a statement directly addressing Lewis, urging him to get his life back on track and forgiving him for what he did.

“You asked me that night to forget that the robbery had ever happened,” he read. “My assumption is because you were fearful as for what might subsequently happen to you. I want you, however, to improve. I want you to use your punishment as your wake-up call, and as a doorway to improving both your future and the future of those who you are close to. There is help available for you, even in prison, and even when it seems all hope is lost. If I can get my life back on track after my autism diagnosis, so can you."

The victim has spoken out about his experience as Dyfed-Powys Police takes part in Operation Sceptre – a national week of action aimed at cracking down on the illegal possession of knives. A knife amnesty is taking place during the week (September 18-24), with people able to bin their knives at specific locations across the force no questions asked.