GUILTY OF BOT­TLE AT­TACK

Judge tells man, 20, he’ll be spend­ing years be­hind bars af­ter nasty as­sault

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Wyn Wil­liams

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

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