Mold teen was unable to recall assault


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A TEENAGER was so drunk he could not recall becoming involved in “a stranger attack” in Mold town centre.

Rhys Jones, 18, was said to be horrified when CCTV showing him kicking a man to the head was later played to him at the police station.

Jones, of Glan Alun in Mold, admitted assaulting Christopher Smith in Wrexham Street, Mold, on the night of April 16.

At Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold, he received a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He was ordered to attend an alcohol workbook programme run by the probation service, and he must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Jones was fined £100 after he admitted possessing cannabis – the court heard how he used the drug to self-medicate because of his ADHD.

Magistrates ordered him to pay £250 compensation to his victim, who had lumps to the face and hit his head on the wall of the Red Lion pub, where he had been waiting for a taxi to take him home in the early hours of the morning.

Magistrates described it was a serious attack – he had kicked the victim to the head which could have killed him.

Prosecutor Matthew Ellis said Mr Smith had been out with friends in Mold town centre.

They could not get a taxi until 2am and he was sitting on the pavement outside the Red Lion when a group of other young people passed.

One of them, the defendant, suddenly kicked him to the face before walking away.

The victim ran off quickly as the defendant’s friends held him back.

Interviewed, Jones said he was highly intoxicated and put himself as “10” on a one to 10 drunkenness scale.

He vaguely remembered walking down the High Street from The Dolphin but his memory then failed him from The Cross onwards.

Jones described himself as a non-violent drunk but said he could remember nothing of the assault.

He was ashamed and horrified when he saw himself on CCTV, in what the police described as a stranger attack where the victim was not known to him.

The victim had not provoked him and there was no reason for what the defendant had done.

Phillip Lloyd Jones, defending, said his client was a young man in full time employment who had been out with friends.

He put himself at the top of the intoxication scale and it was somewhat concerning he had no recollection of what he had done.

Surprisingly, the victim had named another person as being responsible for the attack upon him.

But Jones went to the police station voluntarily and admitted what he had done.
He was shocked and ashamed when he saw the CCTV.

There was no excuse for what he had done.

The footage showed the victim sitting on the pavement with his legs outstretched.

He did not move as the group passed him and others had to walk around him.

The court heard Jones used cannabis daily, spent about £70 a week on the drug, and used it to self-medicate because of his ADHD.

The medication he was prescribed made him feel like a zombie.

Jones was very apologetic and had not touched a drop of alcohol since the incident.

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