Friends attacked drinking partner then kicked him as he lay unconscious

Two friends drunkenly attacked a man they had been drinking with by punching him and kicking him in the head.

Neil Abbott, 39, and Kieran Hemsley, 29, had been drinking in Bridgend on February 13 last year when they became involved in an argument with Gareth Farmer at a friend’s house.

When Mr Farmer left the property Hemsley was seen running up to him and punching him in the head, causing him to fall to the floor, a court heard.

Both Hemsley and Abbott attacked Mr Farmer while he was unconscious on the floor and Abbott delivered a number of kicks to his head.

After the police were called by a neighbour Mr Farmer was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend where he received treatment for a 6cm wound to the back of his head.

A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday heard Hemsley, Abbott, and Mr Farmer had been drinking at the Bucaneer Bar in Porthcawl with mutual friend Joseph Stacey.

Prosecutor Paul Hewitt said the group later went to Bridgend and drank at a number of bars but returned to Mr Stacey’s home after they were refused service.

Describing the incident Mr Hewitt said: “One of the males became agitated and the complainant decided to leave the property but one of the males followed and swung a punch at him.

“Matters were taken outside and next thing the complainant knows he was coming round having been knocked unconscious on the floor and felt like he was being kicked.”

A neighbour also witnessed the attack, which took place around 12am, describing Hemsley punching Mr Farmer to the back of the head and causing him to fall to the floor while Abbott came out and kicked Mr Farmer in the head.

The police were called and both defendants were arrested.

They both initially denied attacking Mr Farmer but they both later pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

These people were all jailed last month:


Representing Hemsley, Robert Chudleigh said alcohol had played a part in his client’s behaviour and in previous convictions relating to violence but he said the father-of-two had expressed remorse for his actions.

Representing Abbott, Rhodri Chudleigh said his client “simply can’t remember” the incident due to the amount of alcohol he consumed.

He said the defendant had no previous convictions for violence and had become a father again after his partner gave birth in November.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Fitton QC said: “On the night in question the two of you were clearly under the influence of alcohol and you attacked a man in the street.

“The nature of the attack begun when [Mr Farmer] was struck to the back of the head causing him to fall. Mr Hemsley was responsible for that and when he’s on the ground he’s attacked by the two of you and Mr Abbott was seen kicking him to the head.”

Hemsley, of Pant Morfa, Porthcawl, was sentenced to 20 months in prison and Abbott, of Gladys Street, Aberavon , Port Talbot , was sentenced to 15 months behind bars.

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