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40-year-old man jailed after 'life-destroying' attack on pensioner

Jeffrey Lloyd pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and robbery. Credit: South Wales Police

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.

Ruth Yandle was attacked in her home Credit: Family photo

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.''

Mum was a well-loved person in her community, she enjoyed sport, dinner with her friends, tutoring, especially children with difficulties, like dyslexia. From this she gained and had many, many friends.

This was mum up to the morning of the 9th January 2019. On this day her life was taken away from her. She may be alive, but we as family members grieve for her.

Mum can now barely read or write, needs 24/7 care and will now lead a life of somebody caring for her, where as she used cared for everybody else.

Our family has been torn apart and this was the reason she lived and breathed, to keep our family together. She has been deprived of the rest of her life and her children and grandchildren have been deprived of her humour and her wisdom, which greatly enriched our lives.

We have lost our mum and 'Mamgu'.

– Family Statement