Life sentence for Cardiff attempted murder

20/03/2015

A man who tried to stab his partner at her home in Cardiff has been handed a life sentence at Cardiff Crown Court.

Nigel Roach broke into Christine Lewis' house last August and attacked her with two knives. As Roach sought to gain entry to the premises, Ms Lewis was able to dial 999 and police quickly arrived at the scene. The court heard that Roach had been drinking heavily prior to the attack.

Speaking after sentencing, Lisa James, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said:

"Nigel Roach attacked Christine Lewis in the most horrific and violent manner. There is little doubt that he intended to kill her and, but for her bravery in fighting for her life and the prompt arrival of the police, he may well have succeeded.

"Following his arrest, Roach sought to downplay the seriousness of what he had done. But Christine's brave testimony, coupled with the truly shocking evidence from her 999 call, told the true story of what took place.

"I would like to thank all those who supported the prosecution of this case, either as witnesses or by providing statements to the police. I would also like to commend all those who worked hard to build and present a strong case against Roach, thereby ensuring he has faced justice for his actions. Notably, the police investigation team led by Detective Sergeant Chris Grey and the prosecution team led in court by prosecuting counsel, Senior Crown Advocate Mike Jones.

"We are all too aware that the conclusion of the criminal justice process does not necessarily mark the end of what is obviously a very difficult time for Christine Lewis. However, we hope that today's sentencing will be of comfort to her as she tries to move forward with her life."

Roach was told he would serve a minimum of eight-and-a-half years before being eligible to apply for parole.