Man who knocked a grandfather unconscious at Porthcawl’s Elvis Festival is …

A man who knocked a grandfather unconscious in front of his family at Porthcawl’s Elvis Festival has been warned that if he doesn’t change his ways he will end up killing someone.

Those were the words given by a judge to 31-year-old steroid user Gavin Williams on Thursday.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that Williams, who also drinks and takes class A drugs, has convictions for assault, weapon possession, arson, burglary and wounding.

The court was told his latest victim, Terrence Niblett, 66, was enjoying a day out with his wife, son and grandchildren when a single blow felled him at the Hi Tide pub.

Mr Niblett said holidays at his caravan at Trecco Bay have now been tainted with fear and will never be the same again.

John Warren, prosecuting, said Mr Niblett was standing, and his wife was sitting, by two empty chairs being kept for their son and daughter-in-law when two women asked for them.

Williams, who was wearing a T-shirt with the word ‘LETHAL’ on the back, approached as they were being told the chairs were already taken.

Mr Warren said: “Without warning he punched Mr Niblett, knocking him off his feet, to the floor.

“The next thing he recalls is coming round and being treated by St John Ambulance staff.

“When police got there, they found him drowsy and slurred in his speech and he was taken to hospital where three stitches were put in the wound on his face”.

In a statement, the grandfather said the attack had left him with a small scar on his chin but his main problem was coming to terms with what happened, completely out of the blue, that day last September.

“I thought I was in a place where I was safe and I have felt frightened and nervous since of anybody I don’t know who comes close to me”, he said.

“We used to like to use the caravan as a family and I enjoyed going for walks but now I stay inside.

“It has affected all of us because we can’t relax.

“I am an honest man who has never been in trouble and I cannot understand why a person would assault someone for no reason.

“It will affect me for the rest of my life”.

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Williams denied the offence when arrested but later pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm.

Owen Williams, defending, said that when sober Williams regretted his assaults and wanted to change.

He said he didn’t want to blame the cocaine he took but felt terrible about the effect it had on him and the consequences and he wanted to apologise to Mr Niblett.

Giving him a three-year extended sentence, with 34 weeks in prison, Judge Philip Richards said he had to protect people.

“He is the one who chooses to take cocaine and he was fuelled by it and the alcohol.

“He has learned nothing from his past offences and if he doesn’t stop he will end up killing somebody.

“This was totally unjustifiable force against an entirely innocent man who had his family around him,” he said.

He told Williams of Bryn y Gwaun, Garth, Maesteg, that he should be old enough to know that taking steroids to build up his muscles was likely to contribute to him behaving the way he did.

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