A SOLDIER who had been on tours of duty in Afghanistan and other world trouble spots was at risk of losing his job following a Christmas Day fracas in a village pub, a court was told.
Flintshire Magistrates Court heard yesterday how a man was punched to the face a number of times and needed hospital treatment.
His partner was also pushed and lost hair when it was pulled.
Soldier Joel Christian Hughes, 22, and his mother’s partner Gavin Oldfield, 37, both of Reynolds Road, Flint, admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Mark Andrew Baker during an incident at The Stag pub in Bagillt on December 25.
Joel’s mother Karen Louise Hughes, 42, also of Reynolds Road, admitted a charge of common assault on Mr Barker’s partner Kirsty Spencer.
Phillip Lloyd Jones, defending, said Joel Hughes was putting his life on the line for his country in the forces, but his Army career would come to an end if imprisoned.
It would still be at risk if he received a community order with more than 99 hours of unpaid work.
Magistrates placed him on a community order with 150 hours of unpaid work and £140 costs.
Oldfield was placed on a community order with 120 hours unpaid work and £140 costs.
Each was ordered to pay £250 compensation to Mr Baker.
Karen Hughes was fined £300, with £140 costs and she was ordered to pay £75 compensation to Miss Spencer. Magistrates said it was an assault in a public place aggravated by the serious assault and the high level of alcohol taken.
The defence claimed there had been provocation but Justin Espie, prosecuting, said that was not accepted by the prosecution and there was no evidence of it.
The Mold court heard how the complainants were staying with friends at Bagillt and Mr Baker and his host had gone to the pub on Christmas evening.
Miss Spencer went to the pub and asked her partner to come home as he had been longer than she expected. He agreed but it was alleged Miss Hughes pushed her aggressively after saying “we are talking about the Army”.
Mr Baker was then assaulted by the two male defendants – Joel Hughes was said to have punched him a number of times to the face.
He ended up with his face covered in blood and needed 16 stitches – nine to the eyebrow and seven to the nose. Miss Spencer ended up being pulled by her hair and suffered loss of hair and bruising.
Phillip Lloyd Jones, defending, said it was a confused situation and it was difficult to fathom out what had happened. But the CCTV showed everyone was speaking amicably by the bar.
The film showed Miss Hughes, for reasons best known to herself, pushed Miss Spencer quite forcefully as she was leaving.
It showed Miss Hughes then being forcibly pushed by Mr Baker.
She fell on the floor and at that stage Joel Hughes believed his mother was being assaulted and he struck Mr Baker. If he had simply restrained him then that would have been fine. Oldfield had thrown two punches at him as well.
The two women ended up in the porch, someone threw Miss Spencer out and Miss Hughes was dragged back into the pub.
“It was a silly situation that got out of hand,” Mr Lloyd Jones said.