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Man jailed for life over stab attack on partner

By Benjamin Wright

A man who flew into a jealous rage before trying to stab his girlfriend to death has been jailed for life.

Cardiff Crown Court heard how Nigel Roach launched a frenzied attack on his partner of 16 years Christine Allen after finding a message on her phone from a male colleague.

The 49-year-old had denied attempted murder - but was found guilty by a jury last month.

Roach was told he will serve a minimum of eight years behind bars - and even faces the prospect of dying behind bars if still deemed a threat by a parole board.

The court heard Roach, of Llanrumney, blew £400 on "lager, cider and shorts" in city centre bars before the attack last August.

After smashing a window and forcing entry into Ms Lewis' home, he grabbed two knives from the kitchen and pinned her to the bed while attempting to stab her.

She said: "I really thought he was going to kill me. I was trying to get the knife out of his hand, trying to stop him and screaming. I was fighting for my life and telling him to stop."

Ms Lewis said that she had suffered years of mental abuse from Roach, but did not realise how bad things had become.

Senior prosecutor Lisa James of the Crown Prosecution Service, yesterday lauded the bravery of Ms Lewis in coming forward.

She said: "Nigel Roach attacked Christine Lewis in the most horrific and violent manner.

"Following his arrest, Roach sought to downplay the seriousness of what he had done.

Judge Eleri Rees told him: "It was a frenzied and determined attack and had it not been for Miss Lewis fighting for her life and the swift arrival of police it could have been a lot worse."

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