A 40-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for an attack on a pensioner which left her with ''life devastating injuries.''
Jeffrey Lloyd, from Pontardullais, attacked 72-year-old Ruth Yandle in her own home in January last year.
In court, Lloyd pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and robbery. He was jailed for 18 years, and told he would serve a minimum of nine before he could be considered for parole.
Mrs Yandle was attacked with a crowbar by Lloyd after returning from taking her grandson to school. He went on to steal her handbag, leaving her fighting for her life.
The incident led to a three week manhunt with officers spotting the bike used by the suspect in Lloyd's flat during house to house enquiries. In a later search of the property, officer's discovered a rucksack and distinctive red gloves used during the incident.
Since the attack, Mrs Yandle, who tutored children, has been left struggling to read and write and in need of constant care.
In a statement, her family said ''her life was taken away from her.''