A TEENAGER has received an extended sentence after slashing another man's throat with a razor in a nightclub.

Alex Jones, of Bro Dirion, appeared at Mold Crown Court on Friday for sentence.

The 19-year-old, who is to turn 20 over the weekend, had previously admitted possession of an offensive weapon and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Rebecca Wright, prosecuting, told the court that on August 21 this year, 24-year-old victim Jake Edwards-Pickstock was at Club 147 in Llandudno.

In CCTV footage shown to the court shows the defendant is seen to walk up to Mr Edwards-Pickstock, who is sitting alone at a booth, before grabbing him and making a slashing motion across his throat, head and face.

He is then seen walking "calmly" away.

"It was a violent, unprovoked attack," Ms Wright said.

Mr Edwards-Pickstock stood up in shock and held a tissue to his neck.

Jones was detained outside after he'd disposed of his weapon - a cutthroat razor - in a nearby bin, where it was found by police.

The incident was so traumatic that the victim had no recollection of the incident, Ms Wright said.

He was given lifesaving first aid for the "gaping" wounds at the scene and taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, he said he had been left angry and hyper-vigilant, as well as very conscious about the scars he has been left with.

A total of 56 stitches were needed during his treatment.

The court heard the incident was not the first time Jones had been caught with a knife.

In 2020 he was given a suspended sentence after police caught him with a blade at a party and he punched a police officer.

Earlier this year he breached that suspended sentence by trying to punch a police officer at Chester Railway Station, and was given a short term of detention in a young offenders' institute.

Owen Edwards, defending, said: "On May 24, he was released under supervision, and despite apparent good response to that he was nevertheless in a state of high intoxication, carrying a cutthroat razor in a nightclub.

"It is a sad case. This is still a young man at the start of his life. "It's a matter of seconds on the CCTV, but it's an action that seems more akin to a film or a computer game than what we normally see here in court.

"His father, unsurprisingly, is beside himself at the harm he's caused to another young man.

"He will support him with a home on his release, and employment."

The court heard Jones claimed to have carried a knife for his own protection.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told him: "I reject any notion of you carrying it for your own defence.

"Following some slight on the part of the victim which took place at the bar, you showed another man you were carrying it and then you sought out the victim.

"He was sitting down, posing no threat at all.

"It was a cowardly and brutal attack, leaving him with gaping wounds to his head and neck - and sliced right through his ear. "It is a testament to all of the decent people there that the victim survived his ordeal.

"But he has been left with disfiguring wounds."

The Judge said it was also testament to the team at Glan Clwyd Hospital that "his appearance is as it is today."

"You were in the habit of arming yourself and carrying knives," he continued.

"It was only a matter of time before you used it on another."

Judge Rowlands opted to impose an extended sentence, given the level of risk Jones poses to members of the public.

After giving him credit for his guilty pleas, the judge handed him an extended sentence of ten years and four months.

Seven years and four months of that will be custodial, and he will only be eligible for release on licence upon application to the parole board after at least two thirds of the term.

Following that element of the sentence, he will be subject to an extended period of supervision for the remaining three years.