A 20-year-old man came away with a light sentence after reportedly cutting his ex-girlfriend’s hand with a machete in March.

The man was identified as Kelly Hughes who was meted a 14-month sentence on Wednesday, Dec. 15. However, he was released not long after because the 20-year-old had spent eight months on remand, North Wales Live reported.

Left scarred for life is Maddy Brown who tried to protect herself from the roughly one-foot-long machete.

Hughes and Brown were in a relationship for a few months before eventually breaking up. Both agreed that they were better off as friends but it appears the 20-year-old could not move on without Brown.

On the day of the incident, both were having drinks near the town of Colwyn Bay in North Wales. Brown’s cousin arrived to fetch her but Hughes somehow acted up and demanded that the two of them accompany him to meet someone he wanted to pick a fight with.

Brown was initially against it but Hughes became aggressive against his ex-girlfriend’s cousin. To shut him up, Brown and her cousin agreed to bring the 20-year-old to Colwyn Bay.

When they spotted the person that Hughes wanted to pick a fight with. But seeing that the target was with other people, he told them to drive on.

It was at this point where Brown saw the machete that Kelly had been hiding in his trousers. She was surprised to find out that it was there the entire time.

From there, it was not clear how Hughes ended up struggling with Brown. The woman was allegedly protecting herself from the sharp object that went through her hand twice.

Brown ended up with gaping wounds that required 11 stitches to close. But worse, it is something that the woman will have to live with for the rest of her life.

The court feels that Hughes did not plan to hurt Brown. His actions were deemed reckless but not intentional.

On top of the 18-month jail sentence, Hughes was handed a five-year restraining order banning him from any contact with Maddy.

Machete Man
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