Barry man jailed after pleading guilty to wounding with a wheel brace
9:02am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A BARRY man has been jailed for 20 months after pleading guilty to wounding a man with a wheel brace.
Lewis Scott Jones, 22, was also sentenced to 12 months, to run concurrently, for possession of an offensive weapon.
Jones, of Aeron Close, had his sentence reduced by a third after his early guilty plea.
Judge Patrick Curran QC, sitting at Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday, August 21, described the attack with a wheel brace as “wholly unjustifiable” and said that a custodial sentence was inevitable due to his previous criminal record for violence.
The court heard that Jones had previous convictions for violence of a domestic nature and common assault, as well as convictions for threatening behaviour, damaging property and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and violence.
Judge Curran QC added that the sentence would have been higher up the custodial threshold if there had been fractures to the complainant, as had originally been stated to be the consequence of the attack.
“You used a weapon and, whatever the circumstances of the offence as there is some doubt as to what happened, the use of a weapon such as a wheel brace is wholly unjustifiable,” he said.
“It is so serious that a custodial sentence must be applied.
“If you had been convicted by a jury it would have been 30 months, so with full credit to your guilty plea I sentence you to 20 months imprisonment, with 12 months concurrent for the second count.”
The court heard that Jones was in the process of buying a car from the complainant’s brother and that he took the car for a test drive on April 4. After driving around the defendant pulled over at a petrol station and filled the car with £30 worth of petrol.
David Thomas, prosecuting in the case, said: “The complainant was concerned about the defendant’s standard of driving and phoned his brother. The car came to a stop and the defendant got out of the car. There was then a dispute and the complainant demanded the £30 back that he put in the car.
“There was an argument and the defendant extracted from his waist a wheel brace and struck him across the face. The evidence is that there was a fight with the defendant.”
Mr Thomas told the court that the defendant said he picked up the wheel brace from the footwell of the car that he was driving.
Mr Thomas added that the complainant alleged that he required 20 stitches to his face and also suffered fractures to his face. Two medical statements confirmed there were stitches inserted into the complainant, but said there was no evidence of fractures.
The complainant’s injuries were noted as abrasions to the right of the face, nose and lacerations to the upper lip and eyebrow. He was treated under local anaesthetic at hospital.
Kevin Seal, in mitigation for Jones, said that the defendant and victim were known to eachother before the incident.
“There seems to be some overlying background that neither police or the defence have been able to get to the bottom of,” he said.
“It doesn’t seem there was any intent to steal the car or rob the car.
“This wasn’t a pre-meditated offence or sustained attack on the complainant.”