Patrick Wood jailed for Colwyn Bay drug dealer attack

Patrick Wood Image copyright North Wales Police
Image caption Patrick Wood was jailed for at least 10 years at Caernarfon Crown Court

A man has been jailed for life for an attack on a Colwyn Bay drug dealer and a knifepoint hold-up at a shop.

Patrick Wood, 27, was told he must serve at least 10-years of the sentence after pleading guilty to wounding 23-year-old Alieu Jasseh with intent in March last year.

He also pleaded guilty to attempted robbery at a shop in May, Caernarfon Crown Court heard.

Wood also admitted two burglaries - one at the home of an 82-year-old widow.

Judge Merfyn Hughes QC told him: "You don't care about the effect you have on your victims."

Last week, three other men and a woman were also jailed for what the judge described as a "merciless and cowardly" attack on Mr Jasseh.

Masked or hooded assailants were armed with a sword, axe and three baseball bats.

Judge Hughes said Wood arranged for Mr Jasseh to visit the property where a "vicious" attack was launched which could have cost him his life.

Wood, who has no fixed address, also pleaded guilty to affray after an incident in the middle of the night on May 19 outside the probation service offices in Colwyn Bay.

Mathew MacKenzie, aged 24, of Coed Aben, Wrexham, and Denise Jones, 28, formerly of Conwy Road, Colwyn Bay, also admitted the same charge.

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Image caption Mathew MacKenzie has been jailed for 43 months for a number of offences

Jones received an eight months suspended jail term and must do 240 hours unpaid work.

But MacKenzie was locked up for 43 months after he also admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm for punching a man during the trouble and causing two fractures of the jaw which needed surgery and left the victim with nerve damage.

In addition, the court was told he twice drove while banned at Wrexham, and on one of those occasions drove dangerously as he fled police.

He was banned from driving for three years with an extended test.

After the hearing, North Wales Police Det Con Dave Evans said it was important the court imposed strong sentences on those "few in our communities who have no regard to the rights of the vast majority of law abiding citizens".

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