Wrexham street fight punch led to brain bleed


Staff Reporter

A CLEAN-living student who rarely drinks found himself charged with grievous bodily harm after a drunken fight left the victim with a bleed on the brain.

Hosal Dimpey Wangpo Guyett, 18, admitted inflicting GBH with intent on Town Hill in Wrexham town centre on November 17.

Guyett’s immaturity and inexperience with alcohol led him to a “moment of madness”, Wrexham Magistrates Court heard.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, said victim Richard Williams had been out for a ‘Christmas celebration’ on November 16, and had ended up being escorted from the premises of the South Central bar on Town Hill.

Mr Espie described him as being in a “vulnerable state” when he ran into Guyett, of Old Whittington Road, Gobowen, and the two had an altercation.

Guyett then threw three punches at Mr Williams, the last of which connected.
Witnesses said Williams “was so drunk he had no chance to defend himself,” Mr Espie said.

Mr Williams collapsed to the floor, struck his head on the pavement and was knocked unconscious.

“The defendant left him in that state,” he said. He was taken to hospital and found to have a bleed on the brain, though has since recovered and been discharged, he said.

Ian Barnes, defending, said Guyett was a man of good character who kept fit and ate healthily and “drinking was not in his ethos”.

Having decided to drink on the night, it affected him greatly, he said.

He said Guyett was an intelligent young man with 11 grade A-C GCSEs, from a “very strong, supportive and respectable family” who were “extremely saddened and disappointed” by his actions.

Guyett, originally from Nepal, lived with his parents and two young brothers, having moved to the UK when he was six.

Now studying for a sports BTEC at Yale College, he was hoping to go to university and was “fully aware he had massively let his family down,” Mr Barnes said.

Guyett recalled Mr Williams colliding with him and both started talking, at first in a friendly way. Then Mr Williams took hold of Guyett’s shoulders, which he interpreted as aggressive.

The two then crossed the street, both on the understanding they were going to fight, Mr Barnes said.

Once Williams was on the ground Guyett panicked and spoke to both his own friend and a witness at the scene, indicating that Williams needed help. The friend called an ambulance and Guyett stayed at the scene, concerned for Williams.

“He feels devastated by what’s happened,” said Mr Barnes. “He doesn’t intend to go out drinking for the foreseeable future.”

If it wasn’t for the bleed on the brain Guyett would be facing a much lesser charge, Mr Barnes said. In any case Mr Williams was discharged from hospital within 24 hours, he said.

Magistrates sent the case to be sentenced at Mold Crown Court on March 13.

Guyett was granted bail on condition he does not enter Wrexham town centre between 6pm and 6am, not to be intoxicated in a public place and not to approach Richard or Jack Williams.

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