Medics had to re­move part of his vic­tim’s skull af­ter 20-punch at­tack:

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Wyn Wil­liams

AN “UN­PRO­VOKED” at­tack by an al­co­holic who laughed as he punched a man in the head “20 times” led to the vic­tim suf­fer­ing a brain haem­or­rhage.

Joseph Sean Ryan was jailed for two and a half years yes­ter­day af­ter plead­ing guilty to griev­ous bod­ily harm.

The 32-year-old had been drink­ing when he re­peat­edly punched Paul Jones, 47, fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment at the home of a mu­tual friend in Plas Ll­wyd, Ban­gor, on De­cem­ber 18 last year.

An eye­wit­ness de­scribed how he was “jab­bing” the vic­tim to his head, es­ti­mat­ing he landed 20 punches be­fore fi­nally end­ing the or­deal. Ryan, of Troed y Felin, Ty Croes, An­gle­sey, was ar­rested the fol­low­ing day.

Mr Jones suf­fered a swollen eye and bruis­ing, and was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal on De­cem­ber 20 af­ter hav­ing sev­eral fits.

A CT scan re­vealed he had a brain haem­or­rhage, and he had surgery to re­move part of his skull to re­lieve the swelling and pres­sure.

Caernar­fon Crown Court heard Ryan has 44 con­vic­tions to his name and 71 of­fences, in­clud­ing rob­bery, bat­tery, threat­en­ing be­hav­iour and ac­tual bod­ily harm.

His lat­est act also breached a com­mu­nity or­der for threat­en­ing staff at a tat­too par­lour in Holy­head on Novem­ber 20.

De­fend­ing bar­ris­ter Sion ap Mi­hangel con­ceded his client, who ap­peared in court via video link from Alt­course Pri­son, Liver­pool, faced a fur­ther cus­to­dial sen­tence, but asked the judge to take into ac­count his early guilty plea.

He said “abuse of al­co­hol is his un­der­ly­ing prob­lem”, adding: “An en­trenched ad­dic­tion to al­co­hol means this will con­tinue to be a re­cur­ring prob­lem un­til it is solved.

“He has been work­ing as a fencer in cus­tody and his pe­riod in Alt­course has been ben­e­fi­cial. Maybe time in cus­tody will help him re­cover from his al­co­holism.”

Judge Rhys Row­lands de­scribed Ryan’s ac­tions as “an un­pro­voked, drunken at­tack” and made him sub­ject to a re­strain­ing or­der bar­ring him from en­ter­ing Plas Ll­wyd or from ap­proach­ing the vic­tim or wit­nesses.

Jailed: Joseph Ryan, 32

Joseph Ryan, 32, got 30 months be­hind bars for ‘un­pro­voked, drunken’ at­tack

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