Victim's plea helps spare Holywell man jail

Published date: 21 March 2014 |
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A MAN who whacked a friend on the head with a pool cue, drawing blood, has been spared going to jail, partly because of an appeal for leniency from his victim.

Jack Thomas, of Nant y Coed, in Holywell, admitted wounding Andrew Duncan Jones at The Red Lion in Flint on the night of November 9 last year.

A CCTV film from the pub, which was played at Mold Crown Court, showed Thomas, 22, playing pool.

He then became angry with his friend, brandished the pool cue and then suddenly struck him with it twice as he sat on a bench at the side of the room.

One of the blows struck his forehead, which started to bleed.

The victim refused to make a complaint to the police.

Sentencing Thomas yesterday, Judge David Hale said the victim had written him a letter saying the two were still friends.

He had forgiven Thomas and he did not want him to go to prison.

Thomas received a 15-month prison sentence suspended for two years, was placed on supervision and ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work.

A two year order excluding him from The Red Lion was made and he was ordered to pay £200 costs.

The judge told Thomas that while he had claimed in his pre-sentence report that he had only drunk half a pint of lager, he was clearly drunk when the attack happened.

He said he accepted that although Thomas had continued “to argue the toss”

initially, he had contacted an ambulance for his friend when he saw the amount of blood coming from the wound.

And he had pleaded guilty, although he had little choice given the overwhelming evidence of the CCTV footage.

The judge told Thomas he was obliged to take the views of the victim into account and it was a factor that led him to suspend the sentence of imprisonment “that you deserve”.

Prosecuting barrister Jonathan Austin played the CCTV footage and said when police arrived they found the victim a short way from the pub and he was bleeding profusely.

Mr Jones refused first aid from a police officer who tried to help him. An ambulance arrived and he was taken to hospital where the wound was stitched.

Defending barrister Andrew Green said the two men had been friends for a long time but at the time they had been getting under each other’s skin.

He said Thomas had immediately come to his senses, he had taken his friend to Tesco to help clean him up and had called an ambulance for him to get medical attention.

“He is genuinely sorry. He accepts full responsibility and immediately regretted his behaviour” Mr Green said.

He added that the victim’s letter had been pushed through the defendant’s door and he had brought it to court with him.

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