Beaten af­ter sex re­quest re­jected

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

A HEAV­ILY in­tox­i­cated man beat up his for­mer sis­ter-in-law af­ter she re­fused to have a three­some with him and her part­ner.

Carl Mor­gan, 41, had been out drink­ing with his for­mer sis­ter-in-law Joanna Ma­her and her part­ner Bethan Grover in Brid­gend and they were in good spir­its.

But a court heard that af­ter Mor­gan made the crude propo­si­tion to the cou­ple the at­mos­phere changed.

Ms Ma­her re­turned to Mor­gan’s home in Og­more Vale and, when he re­turned he de­liv­ered a se­ries of punches leav­ing her with two black eyes, a split lip, and con­cus­sion.

Pros­e­cu­tor Gareth James told a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing at Cardiff Crown Court that on March 30 Ms Ma­her and Ms Grover went to Mor­gan’s home in Fern Street where they had a drink be­fore go­ing out for more drinks and food. Ms Ma­her de­cided to leave at 9.30pm be­cause the de­fen­dant had of­fended her.

Mr James said: “The de­fen­dant sug­gested Ms Ma­her and her part­ner should have a three­some with him.

On his re­turn, “the de­fen­dant went up to Ms Ma­her and pushed her down, sat astride her, and be­gan to punch re­peat­edly with both fists to her face and neck.”

Mor­gan was ar­rested and when po­lice con­ducted a search they found nine cannabis plants in the at­tic.

The de­fen­dant ini­tially de­nied as­sault­ing Ms Ma­her but later pleaded guilty to as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm. He also pleaded guilty to pro­duc­tion of cannabis on the grounds it was for his own per­sonal use.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Adam Sharp said his client was “heav­ily in­tox­i­cated” at the time of the as­sault and has since ac­knowl­edged hav­ing is­sues with al­co­hol and cannabis, which he had smoked for the ma­jor­ity of his adult life.

Mor­gan was given a six-month prison sen­tence, sus­pended for two years, and was made sub­ject to a cur­few or­der for four months as well as a 15-day re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity.

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