TWO men and a woman have been found guilty of affray following a “violent attack” on a married couple in Shotton.
Jake Horley of Englefield Avenue, Shotton, and Demi-Jo Wade of Butler Street, Shotton, both pleaded guilty to attacking Lithuanian couple Kirlas Veitas and Margarita Bisvoko at the Clwyd Hotel pub in Shotton on March 10.
A second man, Gordon Stephen Duncan of Church Street, Connah’s Quay, was found guilty of affray following a trial at Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday, having pleaded not guilty at a hearing on July 22.
A fourth defendant, 19-year-old Naomi Stewart of Bryn Mor Drive, Flint, was acquitted of affray at the conclusion of the trial.
Duncan, 19, Horley, 20, and Wade, 21, were all released on unconditional bail and are due to be sentenced by Wrexham magistrates today.
The court was told how the incident occurred in a beer garden at the Clwyd Hotel pub on Shotton Road at around 11pm after Wade had become embroiled in an argument with Mrs Bisvoko.
John Wild, prosecuting, said Wade had been on a night out with Miss Stewart and they had been drinking in the pub for three hours prior to the attack.
Wade began behaving aggressively and shouting at Mrs Bisvoko before her husband, Mr Veitas, stepped in between the two women.
CCTV footage showed Wade strike Mrs Bisvoko in the face before the two women fell to the floor and began brawling.
Mr Wild then explained how Duncan, who did not know either women, attempted to break the fight up because he “did not want more trouble caused”.
Duncan, a warehouse operative on Deeside Industrial Estate, giving evidence at the trial, said he then felt Mr Veitas grab him round the waist and “panicked” before “lashing out with intent”.
Mr Wild explained Duncan then “threw six or seven windmill-style punches in a frenzied attack”.
At this point Horley, who was celebrating Duncan’s birthday, became involved and threw “repeated” punches at Mr Veitas before “violently” pushing him to the ground.
Mr Wild added that Duncan kicked Mr Veitas in the face as he fell before Horley stamped on his head twice and kicked him in the back.
Mr Veitas then got to his feet before Horley threw a “volley of punches” at him, with one blow to the head “knocking him out”.
Mr Wild, cross-examing, told Duncan: “The people involved in this incident had nothing to do with you and I think you’d had a few drinks, saw a fight, and wanted a slice of the action.”
Mr Wild added that “mercifully” Mr Veitas had only sustained cuts and bruises as a result of the attack on him by Duncan and Horley while Mrs Bisvoko was also not seriously injured.
Oliver King, defending Duncan, said: “My client was trying to do the right thing and separate a fight between two people. I urge you to put yourself in his shoes and realise that everything happened so quickly.”
Magistrates chairman David Pallett told Duncan: “Sustained windmill punches are not a form of self-defence. Mr Veitas was not showing any direct threat to you. To throw punches at him and then kick him in the head is a very serious matter.”
Mr Pallett said all three culprits would face serious sentences as their actions were “far too serious” to be dealt by fines.