THE father of a woman who was stabbed more than 30 times by a man from Corwen has thanked the emergency services who “saved her life”, and has urged more awareness and support for victims.

Ryan Wyn Jones, 27, of Clawdd Poncen, was handed a life sentence, with a minimum term of 20 years, at Mold Crown Court on December 8.

Jones had admitted attempted murder of the woman and a child who was also stabbed by him repeatedly, as well as unlawfully wounding another child, and possession of a bladed article.

The woman suffered life-threatening injuries, with Jones said to have been laughing throughout the attack.


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Her father said he still suffers nightmares about the incident, which happened in the early hours of May 5, and likened it to a scene from the 1981 horror film, An American Werewolf in London.

“The night it happened was bad enough, because I went through 13 towels and two bed sheets to stop all of the bleeding, but I still have nightmares about it,” he said.

“I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through. Imagine being hacked that many times with a knife, and how horrified you would be. My heart pounds when I think or talk about it.

“They’ve been hurt now; it’s too late, it’s in the past, and you can’t change the past, but I just want to help raise awareness of women and children suffering violence.”

In a statement, the woman said that the “physical and psychological scars” she has suffered from the attack will “live with me forever”.

She recalls waking up in hospital “covered in bandages”, and said she feels “incredibly lucky to be alive”.

The woman added: “I still have no real recollection of what happened to me that night… (but) when I look in the mirror, it’s a constant reminder of what he did to me.”

Mr Justice Martin Griffiths, who sentenced Jones, told him he is a “violent” and “vindictive” man who “gratuitously degraded” the woman, adding: “It is a miracle that no-one died.”

The woman’s father added: “I’m thankful to the police and the paramedics, who did a tremendous, faultless job, and saved her life.

“You couldn’t write what happened that night. My heart goes out to all of the women out there who are also getting abuse and needing help.”

Valerie Wise, national domestic abuse lead at the charity Victim Support, urged anyone suffering from similar abuse, or knowing of others suffering, to contact its helpline.

She said: “Domestic abuse destroys lives. So much more needs to be done to tackle violence against women and children in all its forms.

“To anyone who is experiencing or has experienced domestic abuse, Victim Support can help. Visit our website (( where you can get in touch via our free 24/7 live chat or ‘Supportline’.”