Pub attack 'put my life on hold' - Barry man
2:30pm Thursday 21st February 2013 in News
A PUB glass attack victim has spoken out about the after-effects on him after his assailant was jailed for four years.
Anthony Hopkins, a team leader at Wetherspoons’ Sir Samuel Romilly pub, on Broad Street, Barry, suffered cuts to his neck and shoulder and sustained a six-inch long wound to his abdomen during the incident on August 23 last year.
Mum-of-one Gemma Louise Hill, 23, of Amroth Court, Gibbonsdown, Barry, pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent.
Judge Daniel Williams sentenced her at Cardiff Crown Court on February 7.
Mr Hopkins, 23, who has worked at the pub for three years, said the attack happened after he asked a party with young children to leave, after one of the party was aggressive to a female manager and refused to leave.. House rules say young children should not be on the premises after 8.30pm.
Hill injured Mr Hopkin’s neck and in the melee that ensued he was punched to the floor. Hill smashed a glass and cut his back before leaving.
Police arrested her shortly afterwards Mr Hill said: “I didn’t have my hands free. That’s when I got stabbed.
“I didn’t feel it at the time, then somebody said “You’re bleeding.”
“I’ve got a six-inch scar on my back (the latimus dorsus) and I lost between three and four pints of blood.
“The pain didn’t kick in until people started putting pressure on it.
“She got out as calm as you like.
“I have never seen anyone so calm in my life.
Paramedics took Mr Hopkins to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where he underwent an operation to clean the wounds, repair the muscle, blood vessel and tissue damage.
He said: “I was screaming in pain.”
Mr Hopkin said he would be living with the consequences of the attack for a long time.
“I’ve suffered from stress and depression, re-living it in my mind and having flashbacks,” he said.
“It’s put my life on hold.”
He has been off work with stress, said he felt unable to work evenings and, as a keen golfer and sports fan, has found his activities restricted.
He said: “I did want to do a marathon, but obviously I’ve had to put that on hold and I missed out on a football thing for work raising money for CLIC Sargent.
“In a victim’s mind you think every day ‘Why me?’ It’s horrible – you’ve lost your trust in everything.
“I was just doing my job.
“This has put me into debt because I’ve had to take time off work.”
Mr Hopkins, who had hoped to progress to pub management, said he would now have to reconsider another line of work, but hopes his account will prevent harm coming to others.