JAILED: Thug Craig Roberts, who stabbed ex-girlfriend's new man
A THUG who subjected his ex-girlfriend's new man to a "brutal, cowardly and pre-meditated" stabbing attack has been jailed for more than eight years.
Craig Roberts ambushed Matthew Evans as he went on a first date with Roberts' ex-partner, Zoe Waterson.
Bristol Crown Court was told Roberts burst into Miss Waterson's flat and stabbed Mr Evans at least four times. The 23-year-old landscape gardener thought he was going to die in the attack. He spent nearly two weeks in hospital with a catalogue of serious injuries to his head, lung, liver, stomach and shoulder.
Father-of-two Roberts, of Garland House, Churchill Avenue, Clevedon, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on October 6 last year.
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Yesterday he was jailed for eight years and eight months, and told he must serve a minimum of two-thirds of the sentence.
Once released Roberts must serve a three-year extended licence period.
The 29-year-old was also ordered to stay away from Mr Evans indefinitely.
Sentencing him, Judge Michael Longman called Roberts a dangerous offender, adding: "Mr Evans was entirely innocent. The attack was brutal, cowardly and pre-meditated as a result of jealously, which has led you to behave violently in the past."
Afterwards Mr Evans' mother Karen, 44, of Portishead, told The Post she believed Roberts had not been jailed for long enough
Mrs Evans said: "He is a dangerous person and the sentence is too lenient in my eyes."
Kenneth Bell, prosecuting, said Miss Waterson ended her relationship with Roberts in 2011.
She had arranged a date with Mr Evans and, after drinks at her flat, they went to the Poacher pub in Portishead, where Mr Evans received calls from a man with a blocked number, who said: "You're a dead man."
As the pair entered Miss Waterson's flat, Mr Evans was attacked.
Mr Bell said: "He felt a sharp pain in his back, he looked round and he saw someone with a hood up. He recognised the person described to him as Miss Waterson's ex-partner."
Mr Evans fell to the floor, where the attacked continued before he managed to scramble away, locking himself in a bathroom, and dialling 999.
Mr Bell said: "He was given advice on the phone by paramedics to put pressure on his wounds.
"He had bleeding from his liver and an operation on his right lung to remove a blood clot."
After the attack police discovered Roberts had sent Miss Waterson messages on the night of the attack, which included the phrases "you are going to lose everything", "gonna enjoy this" and "can't wait to go back inside".
The court heard Mr Evans was now fearful of leaving his home and worried about starting relationships in case ex-boyfriends appeared.
Harry Ahuja, defending, said: "He acknowledges that the victim was an innocent party. He now appreciates the victim may not have been aware of him having a continued relationship with his ex-partner. He says he and Zoe Waterson continued a relationship up to three days before."
The court heard Roberts has a daughter with Miss Waterson.
Mr Ahuja added that Roberts had applied for anger management and victim awareness courses in prison.