GUILTY OF BOTTLE ATTACK
Judge tells man, 20, he’ll be spending years behind bars after nasty assault
A GWYNEDD man has been warned that he faces ‘years behind bars’ after being found guilty of wounding with intent.
Rhun Glyn, of Adwy Ddu, Penrhyndeudraeth had denied smashing Arwel Roberts over the head with a bottle before deliberately dragging its jagged edges across his cheek, leaving him marked for life
But on Tuesday, the jury found the 20 year old to be guilty following a four day trial at Caernarfon Crown Court.
Set to be sentenced later this week, Glyn was warned by Judge Huw Rees that he faced a substantial period behind bars.
The victim, who was attacked in the street at Fron Fawr, Blaenau Ffestiniog on July 7 last year, sustained a deep cut which required 17 stitches and treatment from a facial injury specialist.
Mr Roberts and a group of friends had earlier been drinking and watching foot- ball in Porthmadog before being told of a party in a Blaenau flat.
Despite not being invited, they made their way to the property and took beer with them, the court heard.
But Mr Roberts said that when they arrived at the house, they knocked on the door and Rhun Glyn and his brother Efan emerged - both of whom had a grudge against Mr Roberts.
According to the victim, Efan Glyn had proceded to punch him in the ribs and he had pushed him away before Rhun Glyn then approached and hit him with a beer bottle.
Earlier in the hearing, Roberts said that he was unaware of the extent of the injury at first, but within minutes felt faint and was attended to by concerned friends who saw blood coming from the wounds on his head and face.
The jury rejected Glyn’s version of events that Roberts had headbutted his younger brother and that he had stepped in to defend him.
Asked by his barrister, Kenneth Grant what happened, Glyn said he had told the group of four men and a woman they were not welcome and they should leave.
He added: “Arwel Roberts was shouting and being abusive. He shoved past the others to the front of the group. He grabbed my brother and was shouting in his face. I grabbed his hand and punched him with my left hand as hard as I could.”
When police arrived at Glyn’s home address at about 12.45am, he was in the shower and the clothes he had been wearing that evening were in the washing machine.
Glyn told Ms Owen he always showered before going to bed and washed his clothes ready for the next day.
Arwel Roberts’ girlfriend, Charlie Williams, had told the court of a Snapchat message sent by Glyn’s brother, Efan, in which he said he was “proud of what his brother had done.”
● Rhun Glyn arriving at Caernarfon Crown Court. He will be sentenced today (Wed)
● Rhun Glyn at Caernarfon court