Pembroke Dock man jailed for six years over attack that left victim in pool of blood
8:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
A dangerous Pembroke Dock man has been jailed for six years and eight months following a horrific attack on another man.
Robert William James Abbott, aged 27, launched such a vicious assault on Charles Edward Miller that he could not be released from hospital for six months.
Abbott, of 10 Merrick Street, was told by Judge Peter Heywood at Swansea crown court he would not be released before 2018 - and not even then if the Parole Board believed he was still dangerous.
Should he be released Abbott will be on an extended licence and liable to be recalled to prison until 2023.
Abbott admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.
Robin Rouch, prosecuting, said Abbott, his girlfriend Laura Watts, and Mr Miller used to drink together.
They were all drinking at Mr Miller's flat in Pembroke Dock, on December 27 last year and later continued drinking at the home of a mutual friend.
Abbott began complaining about Mr Miller's behaviour and at about 3am Mr Miller returned home.
Abbott and Watts turned up shortly afterwards and Abbott carried out a serious and sustained attack, said Mr Rouch.
Neither Abbott nor Mr Miller could remember what happened but it appeared Abbott had demolished a settee and used pieces of wood as weapons.
The pair left Mr Miller unconscious in a pool of blood all the following day. They even called in to check up on him but did nothing to help and went to buy more alcohol instead.
They called a second time but it was not until 11pm that Watts called for an ambulance.
Mr Miller suffered bruising to his brain and fractures to his ribs, cheek and jaw.
He was kept in intensive care until mid January when he was transferred to a general ward at Withybush Hospital. He was later moved to a neuro rehab unti in Neath and finally discharged on June 28.
Mr Rouch said Mr Miller would always need help if he left his home.
The court heard that Abbott had a record for escalating violence and had convictions every year since 2006.
His barrister, Huw Rees, said even Abbott accepted he was dangerous after drinking.
Watts, aged 18, of Harlech in north Wales, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harmby being present at the flat and thereby encouraging Abbott.
She was sent to a young offenders' institution for 16 months, suspended for two years, placed under "closely monitored" supervision for two years and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work for the community.
Judge Heywood said, "This was a severe beating. Mr Miller will not make a full recovery. He will need constant support.
"Abbott describes himself as being dangerous when in drink and I agree."
Watts, he said, had been under the malign influence of Abbott.
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