Stab victim's attacker 'should never be freed'

A HEROIC delivery man who saved the life of a girl who was viciously stabbed said perpetrator Roland Jones should never be let out of prison.

A HEROIC delivery man who saved the life of a girl who was viciously stabbed said perpetrator Roland Jones should never be let out of prison.

Speaking after Jones was given an indefinite prison sentence at Bristol Crown Court, Mike Morgan said the death penalty should be brought back.

"It's terrible about what's happened to Kelly," he said. It's such a waste of a young life, he's ruined her. I don't think he'll ever be let out."

Mr Morgan came to the aid of Kelly Parker, aged 30, who was stabbed more than six times in the neck and head by her ex partner in Worle High Street, leaving her paralysed.

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Kelly, from Worle, is now paralysed from the chest down and is learning to feed herself again after the frenzied attack on April 14.

Kelly, who has the mental age of a 10-14-year-old, had ended a year-long relationship with Roland Jones, aged 48, a month before the attack.

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The court heard how Jones had then bombarded her with threatening texts and Kelly had reported him to the police twice.

On April 14 at 7.10am, Jones had waited for Kelly on the cycle path she took to her job at Fruitline in Worle High Street.

He pulled her off her bike and stabbed her six or seven times in the head and neck, before brave delivery man Mike Morgan saw the attack and intervened.

Jones stabbed her with such ferocity, part of the six-inch blade of the kitchen knife snapped off and embedded in her brain.

He also punctured her left lung and severed her spinal cord, leaving her fighting for her life.

Simon Burns, prosecuting, said: "This was a vicious and ferocious attack with some elements of planning.

"Kelly will require 24-hour care for the rest of her life. She will never walk again. Her family is devastated about what's happened."

Jones pleaded guilty to the offence. Christopher Smyth, defending, said Jones also had the mental age of a 12-year-old.

Psychiatric reports stated that Roland Jones, aged 48, posed a significant risk to members of the public and while sentencing him at Bristol Crown Court, Mr Justice John Royce said Jones would spend his life behind bars until evidence showed he no longer posed a threat. The minimum sentence he will serve is nine years.

The judge said: "You became consumed with hatred. You set off and armed yourself with a kitchen knife and cycled to a route you knew she would be taking that morning. That was no coincidence.

"You stabbed her six to seven times. The consequences to her have been devastating. Her life now is but a shadow of what it previously was.

"The clear conclusion is that you pose a significant risk to members of the public."

He also commended Mike Morgan who came to Kelly's aid. He added: "He acted admirably in the circumstances and it's always refreshing to see members of the public acting in that fashion."

Kelly's family gave the Weston & Somerset Mercury a statement praising the police, hospital staff and the 'heroic van driver whose actions without a doubt saved Kelly's life.'

It read: "Kelly is continuing to rebuild her life after the horrific injuries she sustained from Mr Jones.

"Although no sentence could compensate for what Kelly has got to endure for the rest of her life, we feel some justice has been served today.

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