Dad smashed a glass into another man’s face because he was laughing

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A man on a night out with his partner after the birth of their baby “could have blinded” his victim when he hit him over the head with a glass, a court heard.

Robert Stuart Brown, 27, was in a pub in Conwy when he claimed another group were making jokes and laughter “at our expense” and lashed out at one of them with a glass.

He’s now been jailed for six years.

The group, which included William Dunne, were at the Bank of Cowny pub on Lancaster Square, Conwy, in February of last year when there was an altercation between him and another group.

Brown, of Fron Uchaf, Colwyn Bay decided to confront the group and hit Mr Dunne over the head with a glass, reported NorthWalesLive.



Browne arriving at Caernarfon Crown Court

The couple were sitting in a quiet area and a group including Mr Dunne, Mr Wood and their then-girlfriends were sitting in an adjoining booth.

Giving evidence, Brown said he had heard the group making comments about his himself and his partner, saying: “Their jokes and laughter seemed to be at our expense.”



Robert Stuart Brown was sentenced to six years in prison

The court heard that Brown confronted the group and Mr Wood stood up. It was at this point Brown picked up a glass.

Other members of the group tried to calm the situation, but Brown lashed out and struck Mr Dunne on the left side of his face – causing cuts which bled profusely.

Mr Dunne was given first aid by pub staff and police officers and was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd for further treatment. He later had surgery on his eye, Caernarfon Crown Court heard.

The jury was shown photographs of the injuries which were taken last February as well as more recent images showing the extent of the healing process.

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Brown told defence counsel Elen Owen: “I did not try to hit anyone. I swung my arm in panic. It was the last thing I wanted to happen.

“I did hurt Mr Dunne and I’m sorry.

“I have felt awful since.”

When asked by prosecutor Matthew Curtis why he didn’t walk away from the situation, Brown replied: “I thought I was going to be attacked.”

Brown agreed that he wouldn’t have had to walk past the group to leave the pub.

The judge was given a number of character references which spoke of Brown’s public service in the RAF and voluntary work with the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Brown had denied intending to cause Mr Dunne grievous bodily harm but was found guilty by a jury on February 13 . He had previously admitted assaulting his friend Stephen Wood.

Judge Huw Rees sentenced Browne to six years in prison – saying he had been found guilty of the offence on “overwhelming evidence”.

The judge said he accepted it was a single blow and was not a revenge attack of any description.

“But this was a forceful blow aimed at a vulnerable part of the body,” he said.

“You could have blinded this young man.”

Brown was sentenced to six years in prison for intending to cause previous bodily harm and four months to run concurrently for assaulting Mr Wood.



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