Connah's Quay man broke woman's jaw


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN has been jailed for three years after he was convicted of fracturing a woman’s cheek and jaw bones.

Joss Williams, 27, denied a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm following an incident on Boxing Day, 2012, but was unanimously convicted by a jury in April.

Judge Philip Hughes remanded him in custody pending sentence and now he has been jailed for three years and a five year
restraining order was made under which he must not approach complainant Zoe Jones or enter Lon Celyn in Connah’s Quay.

Williams, of Church Street, Connah’s Quay, was charged following an incident in the street close to a Chinese restaurant in Farm Road, Garden City.

Prosecuting barrister Simon Rogers told Mold Crown Court that complainant Zoe Jones had no recollection of what had happened after she knocked her head on the ground.  But a witness had seen him punch her and knock her to the ground, hitting her head on a car as she fell, Mr Rogers explained.

The complainant had been to the Queensferry Hotel in Welsh Road, Garden City, she and the defendant and others had a drink, but they later began to argue.

It was claimed he threw a drink in her face and he left. She began to walk home and as they approached The Two Dragons Chinese take-away Williams approached on his yellow BMW bicycle.

Her next recollection was lying on the floor, bleeding from the mouth.

But a witness told how the defendant had followed her, she asked him to leave her alone, and at one stage he blocked her with his bicycle.

It was alleged that Zoe Jones slapped him to the face before he punched her to the face.

She fell to the ground, she got up again and was struck a hard blow which caused her to be knocked to the floor, striking her face on the bonnet of a car.

Williams then simply left on his bicycle. X-rays revealed fractures to the cheek bone and jaw.

A doctor called by the prosecution said the injuries inflicted – two fractures to the jaw and further fractures to the cheek – meant there had been considerable force.

Williams denied GBH and claimed he acted in self-defence and simply pushed her away.

Sentencing him, the Judge said the injuries had been particularly nasty.

He said he had been shouting at her in the street, she slapped him and he retaliated by punching her to the face causing her to fall to the ground.

“She slapped you once more. You hit her again hard and she fell to the ground, hitting her face in a parked car and then on the ground.

“You left her bleeding and very badly injured.

“She could not breathe properly or swallow.”  The victim had undergone surgery three times when plates were inserted to repair the damage.

“You claimed that you had only pushed her away in self defence. That was plainly a lie,” the judge told him.

The defendant, he said, had previous convictions including an assault on a woman in the street when she refused to perform a sex act with him, and he had also been convicted after trial of two offences of robbery in 2007.

Debbie White, defending, said there was evidence that the complainant had been in touch with her client since the event.

There had been considerable delay in the case.

References showed the other side of him, a hard working, polite and courteous young man.

A letter from Williams to the judge showed he was remorseful and was devastated that the inevitable prison sentence meant he would not be present for the birth of his daughter with his new partner.

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