Wales

Men jailed for brawl at The Lamb in Hirwaun

  • 25 October 2012
  • From the section Wales

Four men have been jailed at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court for a pub brawl which left a barman unconscious.

Gareth Jex, 27, David Evans, 29, Daniel Lee, 28, and Richard Evans, 30, all from Aberdare, were caught on CCTV.

Lee admitted grievous bodily harm, violent disorder, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by beating and assaulting a police constable.

Richard Evans and Jex admitted violent disorder and David Evans common assault for the offences in Hirwaun.

David Evans was jailed for 22 weeks, Jex and Richard Evans were jailed for 20 months and Lee for a total of three years.

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard part-time barman Nigel Davies was left unconscious in a pool of blood on the floor of The Lamb pub after being punched by Lee in an unprovoked attack last February.

The court heard how "all hell broke loose" after Wales beat England in a Six Nations rugby international to seal the Triple Crown.

Lee and his friends Jex, David Evans and Richard Evans turned up at the pub following the victory, the court was told.

Prosecutor Rachel Knight said Mr Davies was returning glasses to the bar when he was hit by Lee.

Ms Knight said: "He suffered five facial structures and had to undergo surgery to fit two metal plates.

"He thinks about the assault regularly and now sleeps with a baseball bat by his bed."

The brawl, caught on CCTV, then moved outside where David Evans knocked Andrew Ofamah unconscious before being knocked out himself.

'Disgraceful incident'

Mr Ofamah slumped to the floor and was given a vicious kick by Lee a few minutes later, the court heard.

Ms Knight said: "All hell broke loose at this point."

All four men waded in with punches and kicks during the lengthy bar brawl that followed, the court heard.

Judge Richard Twomlow told the men they had been "enthusiastic participants" in the fight, for which David Evans had been the catalyst.

"The CCTV shows a truly disgraceful incident," he said.

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