RAF man at­tacked as he tried to defuse al­ter­ca­tion near bar

Llanelli Star - - News - Ja­son Evans ja­[email protected]­di­awales.co.uk

AN RAF ser­vice­man was knocked un­con­scious by a sin­gle punch af­ter try­ing to defuse an al­ter­ca­tion out­side a pub, a court has heard.

The air traf­fic con­troller was left with a “gap­ing wound” on his fore­head af­ter be­ing punched in the face by David Richard Bas­ti­man.

Bas­ti­man was out of prison on li­cence hav­ing served two months of a 15-month sen­tence when he set about his in­no­cent vic­tim out­side the Met Bar in Llanelli town cen­tre.

Swansea Crown Court heard that the 32-year-old has a his­tory of al­co­hol­fu­elled vi­o­lence around pubs.

Paul Hob­son, pros­e­cut­ing, said the at­tack took place around 1am on Novem­ber 18 this year af­ter Bas­ti­man had been re­fused en­try to the Met.

He said the de­fen­dant was “wound up and ag­i­tated” and got into a heated ar­gu­ment with an­other man out­side the bar.

At the same time the RAF man was walk­ing past the pub on his way home and he stopped to try to defuse the con­fronta­tion.

When he placed his hand on Bas­ti­man’s arm the de­fen­dant turned around and punched him in the face “with a heavy blow”.

Bas­ti­man left his vic­tim un­con­scious and bleed­ing on the pave­ment and walked off. He was ar­rested a short time later in a nearby pub.

The pros­e­cu­tor said the de­fen­dant was “ag­gres­sive and bel­liger­ent” when taken into cus­tody and de­nied be­ing at the Met Bar that night. Mr Hob­son said the man Bas­ti­man at­tacked suf­fered an “un­pleas­ant wound” which re­quired stitches, but had de­clined to pro­vide a vic­tim im­pact state­ment in re­gard to the as­sault.

Bas­ti­man, of Heol Elfed, Ll­wyn­hendy, ad­mit­ted in­flict­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent.

The court heard he has four pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for com­mon as­sault, as well as one for in­flict­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm, and that “al­most all of them ap­pear to be fight­ing in the street un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol”.

At the time of the Met Bar at­tack he was out on li­cence from prison af­ter be­ing jailed for han­dling stolen goods. That of­fence saw him de­posit­ing 900 old-style £1 coins in his bank ac­count, coins which had ear­lier been taken dur­ing a bur­glary at a chil­dren’s play cen­tre.

He was sen­tenced to 15 months for the han­dling charge on May 4 this year, but the court heard he was sub­se­quently re­leased on li­cence on July 16.

Since be­ing ar­rested for the Met as­sault he has been re­called to prison to serve the re­main­der of his han­dling sen­tence.

John Hip­kin, for Bas­ti­man, said the de­fen­dant had in­di­cated feel­ings of re­morse for what he had done, and while it had been a “force­ful blow” there had been “no fol­lowup”.

Judge Keith Thomas told Bas­ti­man on the night in ques­tion he had been “drunk, ag­gres­sive and bel­liger­ent”. Giv­ing the de­fen­dant a one-third dis­count for his guilty plea, the judge sen­tenced him to 20 months in prison.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.