School scuffle blamed for Rhos man's attack 14 years later

Published date: 17 February 2014 |
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A MAN saw red and punched out at a former schoolmate who he had scuffled with 14 years ago.

James Timothy Williams was now 28 and the incident was when he was 14 – which was ‘half his life-time ago’, a court was told.

But when Williams saw the other man who commented on the incident when they were children he punched him hard in the face causing him a nasty injury.

Mr Recorder John Philpotts, sitting at Mold Crown Court, told Williams, of Church Street, Rhos, that it was a vicious and unprovoked attack.

But in the circumstances Williams was given a suspended prison sentence after admitting malicious wounding.

Williams was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with supervision.

He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.

It also cost him £1,100 – £250 compensation to complainant Michael Roberts and £850 costs.

Mr Philpotts said that Williams was no stranger to the courts.

He had a previous conviction for assault in 2003, although it was not as serious as the present charge.

“On April 5 last year you came across Michael Roberts in a public house.

“I am told that there was some kind of incident between you two 14 years ago, that is half of your life-time.

“However, despite the fact that you are now 14 years older you proceeded to attack Mr Roberts in the lavatory of that public house.”

The judge said that Williams punched him so hard to the cheek ‘you split his lip quite appallingly’.

His cheek was swollen and his teeth damaged.

Mr Roberts was now reluctant to go out socialising at night because of the effect of the assault upon him.

Williams, who works as a fencer, had pleaded guilty and Mr Philpotts accepted that his remorse was genuine.

By ‘a narrow margin’ he said he had decided to suspend the sentence.

David Mainstone, prosecuting, said that the incident occurred at The Morton pub in Johnstown.

Mr Roberts was there at 6pm on April 5 last year and when in the toilet saw Williams, who he had not seen for many years.

They had some sort of scuffle back in their teenage years.

They chatted amicably before returning to their friends but later when Mr Roberts was at the urinal he felt a heavy blow to the right side of his face.

He did not see who attacked him but it was witnessed by another man who was later able to pick Williams out during an identification procedure.

The victim needed five stitches to the wound to his lip.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Roberts told how he no longer went out for a drink at night for fear that it would happen again.

Paul Abraham, defending, said that with the benefit of hindsight Williams wished that he had taken a difference course.

He had expressed genuine regret, remorse and shame.

The root of the case went back many years.

There had been some sort of contact, or scuffle, between them in school.

A comment was made which had no significance and had no sinister element but it took him back to his younger days.

It brought back feelings of anger and resentment and when he came across him in the toilets a second time he lashed out.

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