A man has been jailed for 13 years for a vicious attack on a ballet dancer in Cardiff city centre.
Jack Widdowson, 19, from Somerset, had his neck broken in the attack by Mohammed Ali Mohamoed, 28, in Cardiff in November 2011.
Mohamoed, of Splott, Cardiff, was today cleared by a jury at Cardiff Crown Court of a charge of attempted murder but found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm.
He was given a 13 year jail sentence for the attack and ordered to serve six months, concurrently, for stealing Mr Widdowson’s mobile phone.
Mohamoed will serve half of the sentence in the UK before being deported back to Egypt, subject to the Home Office’s confirmation, to serve the remainder of the sentence.
Mr Widdowson was attacked while visiting his brother who is studying at Cardiff University on Saturday, November 5.
Mohamoed admitted stealing his phone but claimed someone else must have hurt him.
Rhodri Thomas, District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, Wales, said: “Mohammed Ali Mohamoed carried out an appalling attack that left his innocent victim with potentially life threatening or life changing injuries.
“As a prosecution team, we have been heartened to learn of the speed and extent of Jack Widdowson’s physical recovery from his injuries, but this in no way detracts from the seriousness of the attack carried out by Mohamoed. Nor does it lessen the impact of Mohamoed’s actions on Jack and those close to him.
“Thankfully, Mohamoed has now been brought to justice for this despicable attack and we hope this will be of some comfort to Jack as he continues to rebuild his life.”