‘I have never known anyone run at a woman with a bottle and hit her face with it’

A DEFENCELESS mother is lucky to be alive after a burglar smashed her in the face with a magnum of champagne in a horrifying New Year attack.

Amanda Lloyd had woken up and rushed downstairs wearing nothing but a dressing gown after her 16-year-old son heard intruders in their Porthcawl restaurant at 3am on New Year’s day.

Two burglars fled the premises carrying £350 from the tills and bottles – including a magnum of champagne set aside for a new year’s day party.

But as the second man got to the exit he turned and battered Mrs Lloyd, 44, over the head with the giant bottle in a vicious unprovoked attack.


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She was left in a pool of her own blood on the doorstep, with her teenage son Dale standing at her side.

The single blow left a hole in the side of her face, a tooth sticking through her lip and her nose shattered.

The mother-of-four was taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea for specialist treatment and needed more than 40 stitches in her face.

And as police continued to hunt the attackers this week a bruised Mrs Lloyd, who is still eating through a straw, told the Gazette she was struggling to come to terms with what had happened.

“I was in the pub trade for 10 years and I have dealt with loads of drunks and teenagers, but I have never experienced violence like that,” she said.

“I have never known anybody run at a woman with a bottle and hit her face with it.

“I was standing there in a dressing gown with a 16-year-old boy next to me – how could they think I was a threat to them?”

Husband Robert Lloyd, 49, who followed downstairs seconds later and witnessed the chilling attack on his wife, said: “This did not have to happen – he was in the doorway and could have just ran out but he turned and clobbered her.

“It was like being hit by a sledge hammer.”

Mrs Lloyd, originally from Pontypridd, had been out earlier that evening celebrating New Year’s eve in Porthcawl, where she has lived with her husband and youngest son for around two years.

She returned to her home above the Blue Lounge Steakhouse, which she ran with her husband, and went to bed at around 1.30am.

Ninety minutes later her son woke her up saying he had heard a noise coming from the ground floor.

Half asleep she threw on a dressing gown and went into the restaurant.

“I went first and my son was behind me,” she said. “There were two men.

“They had smashed the tills and I stood by the door and shouted at them.

“One pushed past me and out.

“The other had a magnum of champagne I had chilled for New Year’s day.

“He ran and clobbered me with it.

“I fell onto a sign and crumpled onto the floor in a pool of blood.

“I was in agony and the blood was pouring – I didn’t know if it was coming from my mouth or my nose.

“I was crying in a heap and there was blood all over me.”

Mrs Lloyd was taken to Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, then transferred to Morriston Hospital at around 7am on January 1.

Last Thursday she managed to eat her first food since the attack – a bowl of porridge – but said she has hardly slept and is suffering “awful” headaches.

“I know the scars will heal,” she added.

“But it is what is inside our heads I am more worried about.

“I have never been a scared person but now I am hearing every bump and I’m not sleeping.

“I get tearful when I think about it because my son and daughter were here and I think about what might have happened if they had gone downstairs first.”

The trauma is all the more devastating as the New Year was set to be a fresh start for Mr and Mrs Lloyd.

The pair were due to move house the day after the attack on Wednesday, January 2 and Mrs Lloyd had been offered a job in her favoured field of TV hair and make up, due to start this week.

All that has now been put on hold because of Mrs Lloyd’s serious injuries.

Police investigating the assault issued descriptions of the two suspects.

The man believed to have hit Mrs Lloyd with the bottle is described as white and 6ft to 6ft 2in and of slim build. He has medium length brown hair which is short on the sides and combed over on top and was in his late teens or early twenties. He was wearing skinny-fit tan coloured chinos, a light coloured slim-fit T-shirt with a logo on the front and a blue zipped hooded top, which was open.

The second man is described as white, around 5ft 6in of slight build with short dark brown hair. He was wearing skinny-fit dark jeans and a dark coloured T-shirt. He was also aged in his late teens or early twenties.

Police said a number of people were gathered outside the neighbouring kebab house shortly after 3am when the two men fled.

Anyone with any information should call Detective Sergeant Paul Mason at Bridgend CID on 01656 679518 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/bridgend-maesteg/2013/01/10/i-have-never-known-anyone-run-at-a-woman-with-a-bottle-and-hit-her-face-with-it-91466-32576968/