Barry man is jailed for glass attack | News

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

– Crime

by AJ SiclunaGEM Court Reporter

A self-employed builder has been scarred for life after being “struck squarely” in the face with a glass that smashed on impact.

Lewis Hopkins underwent a three-hour operation to remove fragments of glass and had 40 stitches put in wounds to his left cheek, nose, and ear, and the top of his head.

There were also problems with his saliva gland function, said prosecutor Nuhu Gobir at Cardiff Crown Court.

“It was fortunate he was not blinded,” said Judge Eleri Rees.

James Webley, a 35-year-old labourer, of Laleston Close, Barry, was jailed for four-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Mr Gobir said the victim went into Cardiff for a night out.

He went to Yates Bar in Greyfriars Road and left at 11pm to go to another bar. On the way,he spoke to two men and things were ”as good as gold”.

Suddenly, near a bus stop, Webley hit him in the face with a glass.

“It came out of nowhere. It hit him squarely in the face and smashed. There was blood everywhere” said Mr Gobir.

Mr Hopkins said he could not understand why he had been attacked.

Police turned up quickly and took him to hospital.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Hopkins said he had to remain indoors for one week and could not socialise.

He could not bring himself to tell his mother as he didn’t want to see her upset.

He added that he could only go on short walks, he suffered shooting pain and because of that, could not eat properly.

He stressed that he had been caused to lose income. In addition, he said he was emotionally very upset and would be scarred permanently.

Mr Hopkins described it as “a massive setback in his life.”

When arrested, Webley said he punched the victim and didn’t use a glass.

He was said to have previous convictions for 22 offences including assaulting the police.

His barrister, Gareth Morley, said he was “absolutely appalled by his behaviour” and had written to the victim expressing his remorse.

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