A MAN who failed to take the chance of a suspended sentence after he attacked another man has received a custodial sentence.
Joseph Samuel Roberts, 20, of Llys Y Coed, Wrexham, received an 18-month youth custody sentence suspended for two years in May after he was convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
He punched another young man in the face up to 15 times, fracturing his eye socket.
He was also banned from all town centre pubs in Wrexham and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
But Roberts, who denied the GBH charge but was convicted by a jury, was back at Mold Crown Court yesterday where he admitted breaching the suspended sentence.
He had failed to keep his unpaid work appointments and was filmed entering licensed premises in Wrexham where his brother was celebrating his birthday.
Judge Niclas Parry sentenced him to 14 months.
He said Roberts should have gone into custody immediately but had been given a chance no doubt because of his age, his good character and the fact he was in employment.
It had been a serious incident of violence outside licensed premises.
He said it was group violence, a sustained attack which caused very serious facial injuries.
But within three months of being given that chance, he breached it by failing to attend unpaid work appointments.
“To rub salt into the wound you were walking into a public house when ordered not to,” he said.
The suspended sentence would now be activated, he said, but he would take into account the work he had already done.
He said the sentence would be reduced from 18 months to 14 months.
Matthew Curtis, prosecuting, told how the complainant, Samuel Jones, was walking past South Central in Wrexham when he was approached by a man who was “in his face” and there was a scuffle.
He walked away and he then recalled Roberts and others who had not been identified approaching him.
Mr Jones was punched repeatedly and police arrived and found Roberts with blood on his top.
It was claimed Roberts had punched Mr Jones 15 times.
Mr Curtis said the victim needed surgery which involved screws being inserted to repair a fracture.
Paul Abraham, defending, said Roberts had been naive and it was accepted he had failed to take his chance.
He worked as a mechanic, had been asked to work seven days a week and had given priority to his employment rather than his unpaid work.
Roberts had gone onto licensed premises at midnight when his brother was celebrating his birthday but did not drink any alcohol.
The breach was down to a “lack of maturity and a lack of wisdom” on the part of a young man who had no previous experience of the criminal justice system.