FIVE MEN JAILED AFTER ATTACK LEFT STUDENT IN COMA

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Credit: Owens family photo

Five men have been jailed for an attack which left a 20-year-old man in a coma for four weeks.

ITV News reported “Ifan Owens, from Cardiff, was assaulted on his way home from on a night out in Aberystwyth in January.

He was found unconscious on the High Street.

Billy Valentine, 19, was sentenced to seven and a half years at a young offenders’ institution after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

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Four other men were jailed for a total of 14 years for the attack.

Swansea Crown Court heard Owens had a previous altercation with the men and told them he “did not want to fight” before being punched by Valentine.

As he fell, it is believed he hit his head on the pavement – as the five men fled the scene.

Judge Keith Thomas described the incident and the injuries caused to Mr Owen as “catastrophic” and “devastating”

Mr Owens was left in a comatose state and with serious impairment to his mobility and speech.

In a victim statement, Mr Owen’s father Gareth explained that seeing his son’s recovery was “like watching him being reborn”.

“One of his main goals has been to return to his degree.

He is by now realising that this is unrealistic and he is wondering wether to return to Aberystwyth at all.”

– GARETH OWENS, IFAN’S FATHER
David Lloyd, 26, was jailed for three years and eight months, Lee Warnes-Andersen, 20, to 25 months, Andrew Scott and Michael Jones, both 24, were handed 13 months imprisonment each. All four pleaded guilty to violent disorder” here.

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