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Llandysul: Man who nearly killed step-daughter’s new boyfriend jailed

Swansea Crown Court
Swansea Crown Court

A LLANDYSUL man who didn’t like his step daughter’s new boyfriend stabbed him in his heart with a kitchen knife and almost killed him.

Gareth Wyn Jones would have died but for an emergency operation.

Anthony Trevor Osmond, aged 52, of 16 Parc Meiros, Velindre, was today jailed for two and a half years after he admitted a charge of unlawful wounding.

Helen Randall, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that Osmond had been described as over protective of and obsessed with his step daughter Oasis, aged 20.

She had been a barmaid at the Nags Head pub in Abercych and formed a relationship with Mr Jones, a customer.

Because of Osmond’s attitude she, at first, kept the relationship a secret. When she did tell him Osmond insisted on meeting him.

Miss Randall said Mr Jones began to receive text messages and voice messages on his mobile from Osmond, one telling him “you’re dead.”

Osmond also left messages on Mr Jones’ Facebook page.

Late on July 31 last year Osmond’s wife, Emma, parked their car 200 yards from the Nags Head and Osmond went to the pub looking for Mr Jones.

He could not see him but as he returned to the car Mr Jones approached him and asked to talk.

A struggle followed, during which Osmond picked up the kitchen knife, with a six inch blade, and stabbed Mr Jones.

Miss Randall said neither men realised what had happened but as Mr Jones walked away he began to feel feint and collapsed. The next thing he could remember was being revived by a nurse.

Mr Jones was taken to Swansea’s Morriston Hospital where surgeons repaired a cut to his heart.

Osmond, meanwhile, set off to drive towards the Severn Bridge where he was arrested on the M4 after a “controlled stop by police.”

During police interviews Osmond said he had not considered Mr Jones “appropriate” for his step daughter.

Osmond’s barrister, Janet Gedrych, said it had been agreed between the defence and the prosecution that Osmond should be sentenced on the basis that he had acted recklessly in picking up the knife during the struggle and not that he had deliberately stabbed Mr Jones.

“He is devastated at how close he came to killing that young man,” she added.

Judge Peter Heywood told Osmond he was “hugely fortunate” not to be facing a far more serious charge.

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