Jealous boyfriend, 33, who stabbed mother-of-three seven times and told her ‘if I can’t have you no f***** can’ before leaving her to die on the sofa as he went to the pub is jailed for 13 years
- Ashley Vaughan attacked his partner Kayleigh Evans in her home with a knife
- He was angry after it emerged Miss Evans had gone to pub with his friend
- Judge Eleri Rees ruled that Vaughan was a dangerous offender
Ashley Vaughan (pictured above) attacked his partner Kayleigh Evans with a steak knife
A jealous boyfriend who stabbed his partner seven times and left her to die on the sofa has been jailed for 13 years.
Ashley Vaughan attacked Kayleigh Evans in her home with a five-inch blade while she watched television on the sofa.
33-year-old Vaughan had been playing with a steak knife in the kitchen before he burst into the living room and stabbed 29-year-old Miss Evans under the ribcage telling her, ‘if I can’t have you no f***** can’.
The mother-of-three did not initially see the knife and thought she had been punched. Vaughan then stabbed her a second time.
Miss Evans pleaded with Vaughan and reminded him that she had children, which only further riled him.
He shouted: ‘You should have thought about that before you started shagging my friend.’
Vaughan had been left reeling after he found out that Miss Evans had gone to a local pub with one of his friends whilst the pair were separated.
During the attack Miss Evans tried to call 999, however Vaughan kept pushing the phone away and then held something to her neck.
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He whispered: ‘Go on, grass on me and your f***ing kids are next. If I can’t have you, no f***er can.’
The Crown Prosecution Service released gruesome photographs of Miss Evans’ injuries which left her unable to go swimming with her children.
Miss Evans said: ‘I’ve lost all my confidence. I panic when I see something like a steak knife. A wave of emotion hits me and it takes my breath away.
Kayleigh Evans was left with horrendous injuries (pictured above) after Ashley Vaughan attacked her
‘It takes me back to the moment when he was leaning over me with that knife. These thoughts will never leave me and now I have to live with this for the rest of my life.’
Miss Evans has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and can’t look at her scarred body in the mirror.
She said: ‘I find myself looking for clothes that will cover me up. I can’t bear the thought of going on holiday and wearing clothes that would reveal my scars.
Kayleigh Evans (pictured above) has said she doesn’t know how she will explain the scars to her children
‘I can’t even face the thought of going swimming with my children. I don’t know how I can explain the scars to them.
‘I’m dreading starting a new relationship and having to explain it.’
Vaughan was given a restraining order in 2017 preventing him from contacting Miss Evans, who works as a health care support worker after their two-year relationship ended.
But they got back together earlier this year and Miss Evans confessed she had been out with one of Vaughan’s friends.
He felt people were laughing behind his back because she had been to a local pub on a date.
Following the attack, Cardiff Crown Court heard how Vaughan then stormed off to a pub leaving Miss Evans for dead at her home in the village of Pentre, Rhondda, South Wales.
Kayleigh raised the alarm with neighbours and was airlifted to hospital for life-saving surgery. She woke up at the University Hospital of Wales three days later.
The court heard she had four stab wounds to the heart and chest area, two to her stomach and one to her arm where she tried to protect herself.
The Crown Prosecution Service released gruesome photographs of Kayleigh Evans’ injuries (above) which left her unable to go swimming with her children
Vaughan handed his bloodstained clothing to bar staff at the Pandy Inn, Tonypandy, where police arrested him after finding him ‘drunk and wobbly’ on a barstool.
He admitted attempted murder and was given an 17-year extended sentence. He will have to serve at least two thirds of the 13-year custodial element before his case can be referred to the parole board.
Judge Eleri Rees ruled that Vaughan was a dangerous offender and told him: ‘You left Kayleigh bleeding and struggling to breathe. You did nothing to help her.’
The court heard Vaughan was given a 20-week jail term, suspended for a year, for assaulting Miss Evans in her home and causing criminal damage in July, 2017, a year before he tried to kill her.
Detective Inspector Arabella Rees, praised Miss Evans’ ‘amazing courage’.
She said after the case: ‘Vaughan will spend a considerable time behind bars, which is what he deserves for this brutal attack on Kayleigh in her own home.
‘He left her for dead and went to the local pub for a drink in the hours that followed, despite of the desperate state that his victim was in.’
‘I would like to pay tribute to Kayleigh, who has shown amazing courage during her recovery and I hope that she will now be able to put this behind her.’
Outside court Miss Evans said: ‘With the help of my loving family and the right support, I will rebuild my life for myself and my children.
‘I hope to find someone to love and protect me, like I thought Ashley would.’
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