Cou­ple who ‘acted in self-de­fence’ in as­sault on 50-year-old are cleared

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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.”

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