‘Bully’ who punched his ex in face is jailed

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

A “BULLY” who punched his for­mer part­ner in the face has been jailed for 14 months.

Fa­ther-of-two Mark An­der­son pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing Cari Wyn Evans af­ter leav­ing her blood­ied and bruised.

The at­tack meant the 41-yearold had breached a 32-week sus­pended prison sen­tence for beat­ing his ex with a rolling pin in De­cem­ber last year.

An­der­son, of Der­wen, Pen-yBryn, Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog, ap­peared for sen­tence by video link from prison af­ter the as­sault on the 28-year-old in the town on Oc­to­ber 14.

Brett Wil­liamson, pros­e­cut­ing, said the two had been in a re­la­tion­ship for four years be­fore sep­a­rat­ing.

Miss Evans was liv­ing with her sis­ter. On the day of the lat­est at­tack An­der­son had called his ex to meet him.

When they met, he “came at her quickly and ag­gres­sively” and she tried to run away.

Mr Wil­liamson said An­der­son had “pushed her against a lamp post”.

He had “punched her and slapped her to the face”.

Miss Evans ran off to her sis­ter’s house and An­der­son fol­lowed.

When po­lice ar­rived, Miss Evans was “cov­ered in blood”. She was treated at hos­pi­tal for a sus­pected bro­ken nose and frac­tured cheek and suf­fered two black eyes.

Mr Wil­liamson said: “He was ar­rested later that evening and found to have her blood on his clothes.”

Caernar­fon Crown Court heard An­der­son had nu­mer­ous con­vic­tions for as­saults, in­clud­ing the at­tack with the rolling pin.

Si­mon Killeen, de­fend­ing, said he was a self-em­ployed stone­ma­son who wanted to be a good fa­ther to their two young chil­dren and had not been to prison de­spite his pre­vi­ous vi­o­lence.

Sen­tenc­ing An­der­son, Judge Huw Rees said as well as punch­ing and slap­ping his for­mer part­ner, An­der­son had “de­graded her in pub­lic”.

Hand­ing An­der­son a fiveyear re­strain­ing order to keep away from Miss Evans, the judge added: “You con­tin­ued to act as a bully to this woman and you let your­self down.

“This was a sus­tained as­sault and you tar­geted a vul­ner­a­ble vic­tim in the street.” EN­HANCED se­cu­rity mea­sures that caused thou­sands of rugby fans to miss the kick-off for the Aus­tralia match are here to stay, said a de­fi­ant Welsh Rugby Union.

Rugby fans missed kick-off for the open­ing au­tumn in­ter­na­tional be­cause of huge queues to get into the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium on Satur­day.

Sup­port­ers were left stand­ing in the rain out­side sev­eral gates as a re­sult of en­hanced se­cu­rity checks be­cause of the un­prece­dented ter­ror threat in the UK.

Sta­dium chiefs had warned fans to get to the sta­dium early, with ev­ery sup­porter due to be searched for the first time ever. A warn­ing was also is­sued stat­ing large bags and um­brel­las would not be al­lowed into the ground.

TV pic­tures inside the Prin­ci­pal­ity showed scores of empty seats as the play­ers emerged from the tun­nel. A crowd of more than 66,000 was due at the match that saw Wales lose 29-21.

The WRU said af­ter the match: “En­hanced se­cu­rity mea­sures en­sure everybody en­ter­ing Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium is checked on ar­rival at the turn­stiles. For the Un­der Ar­mour Se­ries we have dou­bled the pre-game open­ing hours to three hours to give fans the op­por­tu­nity to avoid the queues and we have made ev­ery ef­fort to com­mu­ni­cate to sup­port­ers to plan to ar­rive early and leave large bags and large um­brel­las at home to avoid miss­ing kick-off.

“We re­ceived great sup­port from all of our part­ners, in­clud­ing the me­dia, South Wales Po­lice and Cardiff coun­cil, get­ting this mes­sage out in the build-up.

“The safety and en­joy­ment of our vis­i­tors is of paramount im­por­tance.

“It is im­por­tant to stress that these se­cu­rity mea­sures are here to stay and we don’t want any­one to miss kick-off. We will con­tinue to urge sup­port­ers to al­low more time for get­ting in.”

● Mark An­der­son, 41, left his ex with a sus­pected frac­tured cheek

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