Suspended sentence for Porthcawl man (50) after attack in pub

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

By AJ Sicluna

in Crime

After attacking a friend in a pub, fracturing a cheekbone and his nose, a 50-year-old man was arrested and asked the police, “Is it bad?”

Cardiff Crown Court heard that Colin Johnson immediately accepted responsibility.

Johnson, of Lake View Close, Porthcawl, had admitted wounding Derek Griffiths and was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 21 months. He was also ordered to observe a 7pm to 7am curfew for four months, and to be electronically tagged.

Peter Rouch QC told him: “I don’t know what caused you to punch and kick this man as you did. Before that, you were apparently getting on quite well. It was a gratuitous use of violence in licenced premises, and the attack has had a marked effect on him.”

Prosecutor Ruth Smith said the men were in the Buccaneer pub, Porthcawl, on February 27. Mr Griffiths had been drinking since 9am and he and the defendant spoke and were on good terms.

But soon afterwards, as Johnson passed Mr Griffiths, he punched him twice to the right eye and then delivered kicks before bar staff intervened.

Johnson was said to have convictions for 76 offences, including assault and possessing an offensive weapon.

“Both men have had problems with alcohol,” said Ms Smith.

“Mr Griffiths was upset by the incident and he now does not like going out in public,” she added.

Joanna James, for Johnson, said: “He didn’t intend to hurt him to such an extent, and he can’t really provide an explanation for his actions.

“He told me that it was the worst mistake of his life, and his remorse is genuine.”

She added that he had spent most of his life coping with various addictions, one of which included heroin.

He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100.

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