A man who repeatedly punched and kicked his partner in an unprovoked attack ‘has the capacity to kill’, a judge said.
Kevin Evans savagely hit his girlfriend on the head and body as she lay defenceless on the ground.

He then drove off and left her.
A judge said he was satisfied the 42-year-old was a dangerous offender, and handed him an extended prison sentence.
Swansea Crown Court heard Evans launched the attack in the victim’s home in Dyffryn Cellwen, Wales, in the early hours of February 25 – just months after being released from prison for an aggravated burglary.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, said Evans made a series of derogatory sexual comments about his partner before punching her to the floor.
He then kicked her in the face and body a number of times.

He then kicked her in the face and body a number of times.

Miss Richards said the victim was left ‘awash with blood’, and ‘feeling like someone was pouring a bucket of blood over her head’.
A neighbour found the woman ‘surrounded by blood’ after hearing screams from next door.
Police were soon on the scene, and officers tracked Evans down to a house in Ystradgynlais.
The court heard the victim suffered injuries to her ribs, arms, neck and back, cuts to her face, a broken nose and damage to a tear duct in one of her eyes, which may be permanent.
In a victim impact statement she said the assault had ‘removed my love of life and my sparkle’.
Evans, 42, had previously pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, and to driving with excess alcohol – he was over the limit when police found him – and driving without a licence or insurance when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.
The court heard he has previous convictions for assaults occasioning actual bodily harm, battery, affray and three drink-driving matters.

In 2013 he was sentenced to six years in prison for an aggravated burglary when he and another mask-wearing intruder burst into a house armed with a claw hammer, and demanded cash from the occupants.
Judge Geraint Walters said he was sure Evans had intended to inflict serious injury on his partner in the ‘savage’ attack, and it was ‘miraculous’ she had not been more badly hurt.
He said he was satisfied the defendant was someone who, when in drink, ‘has the capacity to kill’ and should be categorised as a dangerous offender.
For the assault Evans was given an extended 10 year custodial sentence, eight years of which he will spend in prison and two on licence.

He can apply for parole at the two-thirds stage, but will only be let out if he can convince the authorities he is no longer a danger.
For driving with excess alcohol he was sentenced to four months in prison to run concurrently – at the same time – while no separate penalty was imposed for other matters.
He was banned from driving for three years, the ban to come into force at the two-thirds point of his sentence.