Couple who ‘acted in self-defence’ in assault on 50-year-old are cleared
A COUPLE have been cleared of launching a “vicious and sustained” assault that caused a woman to suffer a bleed on her brain.
The jury at Caernarfon Crown Court took just over an hour to find Lee Paul Thomas, 39, and Samantha Jean Evans, 40, not guilty of wounding Jennifer Mason.
According to the prosecution, Ms Mason, 50, from Liverpool, had suffered numerous cuts and bruises following an incident at Holyhead’s Edinburgh Castle pub during the early hours of August 24 last year, that saw her bitten and stamped upon.
However the defendants, of Maes y Mynydd, Holyhead, consistently stressed during this week’s trial that they had solely acted in self-defence.
Thomas was also cleared of assaulting Ms Mason’s partner, John Turner, and the couple’s 15 year-old daughter, Alicia, during the same altercation.
After Judge Huw Rees discharged Evans and Thomas, he criticised the Edinburgh Castle, asking police to investigate the late night drinking that had taken place the night before Ms Mason was seriously injured.
He said: “The late night drinking was a breach of the pub’s licence.”
The judge asked prosecuting barrister, Sarah Badrawi to “contact police and bring this case to their attention. This type of raucous late night drinking needs to stop.”