North West Wales

Stab victim Sharon Harris makes good recovery - police

William Alwyn Williams
Image caption William Alwyn Williams was jailed for 18 years for the attack

A mother-of-three who survived a multiple stabbing has made a good recovery, say police.

Detectives spoke after William Alwyn Williams, 44, of Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno, was jailed for 18 years at Caernarfon Crown Court for the attempted murder of his partner.

Sharon Harris, 40, was stabbed four times in the back last September.

Williams had denied the charge, but admitted wounding Miss Harris and her brother at her home in Penrhyn Bay.

After the hearing, Det Con Simon Kneale from the police major incident team said he hoped the conviction gave comfort to victim and her family.

"It is only through good fortune that this investigation did not become a murder inquiry," he said.

Domestic abuse conference

Det Con Kneale said Miss Harris was left with serious wounds and hospitalised for almost two days after the attack by Williams, known as Alwyn.

Her brother, Neil Griffiths, was also stabbed when he intervened.

"The impact of Williams' actions should not be underestimated," said Det Con Kneale.

"Thankfully, the victim has made a good recovery and I hope this conviction is some comfort to her and her family, and allows them to start to move on with their lives."

The court heard on Monday that shortly after the relationship started there had been episodes of violence towards Miss Harris.

Williams stabbed her with a kitchen knife after both of them had been drinking, and the knife penetrated her lung, the jury was told.

DC Kneale said: "Any form of domestic violence is abhorrent.

"This conviction shows that North Wales Police will work tirelessly to ensure offenders are brought to justice and that victims are allowed to feel safe and secure once again."

  • The Independent Police Complaints Commission and Gwent Police are hosting an all-Wales conference at the Park Plaza Hotel in Cardiff on 14 June to improve the way the police and agencies work together to support and protect victims of domestic abuse.

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