Blackwood bodybuilder threatened to smash man’s head to a pulp

South Wales Argus: FINED: Gym owner Julian Viner taking part in a bodybuilding contest, he was a former Mr Wales entrant FINED: Gym owner Julian Viner taking part in a bodybuilding contest, he was a former Mr Wales entrant

AN 18-stone bodybuilder threatened to smash the head of a fellow nightclub doorman “to a pulp” after their friendship turned sour, a court heard.

After drinking six large Bacardis , one-time Mr Wales entrant Julian Viner, who owns the Platinum Gym 2, Blaina, phoned fellow bodybuilder Joe Davies, 25, leaving a voicemail message littered with swear words.

It was played at Caerphilly Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, with Viner, 40, of The Bryn, Blackwood, saying: “When it’s over, watch your back, I’m going to smash your head to a pulp, you muppet.

“You’re having it when I catch hold of you.”

The court heard the two worked on doors together and trained at Viner’s gym. But they fell out after Viner was charged with assaulting Mr Davies’ girlfriend Tiffany Edwards, 20, and her mother Claire Edwards, 51, who had a ten-month affair with the defendant, who was her personal trainer.

Viner assaulted the women in June. As he awaited trial he was initially charged with a further offence of witness intimidation.

He pleaded guilty to sending a voicemail and texts that were grossly offensive and menacing in character on September 7, with prosecutor Ian Kolvin asking the original charge be dismissed.

Defence solicitor Geraint Richards said Mr Davies was only an incidental witness in the original trial and the reason Viner made the call was because he had “abused and threatened”

his partner of 12 years, Lynne Matthews, after seeing her in the street.

He said after Viner “reacted in a wholly unacceptable way”, they exchanged messages, with Mr Davies texting “don’t drop the soap in the showers”– a reference to prison life.

Mr Richards added: “Joe Davies is a doorman and cage fighter so knows self-defence.

He’s no shrinking violet and can look after himself.”

Chairman of the bench Geoffrey Smith ordered Viner to pay a £200 fine, £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

He placed a restraining order, stopping him approaching Mr Davies, but ordered no compensation, saying “he gave as good as he got”.

Threatened former friend says ‘I’m no cage fighter’

TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD Mr Davies disagreed with the view that he gave as good as he got.

“He sent about six messages saying things like I am a s*** doorman and my girlfriend is cheating. I sent him one back saying ‘don’t drop the soap’.”

He trained with bodybuilder Viner when they were friends, but claimed the defence made him out to be something he isn’t.

“I am not a cage fighter. The gym that I go to does cage fighting but I don’t. I feel like I was misrepresented today,”

he said.

Defendant is working at an owl sanctuary

VINER is currently completing 120 hours unpaid work at an owl sanctuary, after being found guilty of assaults outside Asda in Blackwood.

Caerphilly Magistrates’ heard in September how Viner grabbed Claire and Tiffany Edwards by their throats, pulled their hair and swung them round “like a child with a doll”, one witness said.

Tiffany Williams told the court Viner drove towards their car, nearly causing them to crash.

She said, he grabbed both the women by throat, banging their heads together, calling “if you touch my missus again I’m going to kill you”.

As well as the unpaid work, he was ordered to pay each of his victims £100 and £500 towards prosecution costs.

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1:23pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Katie Re-Registered says...

"Defendant is working at an owl sanctuary

VINER is currently completing 120 hours unpaid work at an owl sanctuary,"

Sorry just pxxxd myself laughing when I got to that bit...

"...What's that?! Twit-a-whoo?!!! Hoo you callin' a twit-a-who you, you wan't some, eh?!!!"
"Defendant is working at an owl sanctuary VINER is currently completing 120 hours unpaid work at an owl sanctuary," Sorry just pxxxd myself laughing when I got to that bit... "...What's that?! Twit-a-whoo?!!! Hoo you callin' a twit-a-who you, you wan't some, eh?!!!" Katie Re-Registered
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1:48pm Thu 8 Nov 12

sweetsuccess says...

Katie that comment made me laugh. It also made me laugh that he's In the owl sanctuary doing community service x
Katie that comment made me laugh. It also made me laugh that he's In the owl sanctuary doing community service x sweetsuccess
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7:06pm Thu 8 Nov 12

parcel says...

"But they fell out after Viner was charged with assaulting Mr Davies’ girlfriend Tiffany Edwards, 20, and her mother Claire Edwards, 51, who had a ten-month affair with the defendant, who was her personal trainer."

That's the problem with those on steroids, it addles their brain!

There's nowt so queer (strange) as folks!
"But they fell out after Viner was charged with assaulting Mr Davies’ girlfriend Tiffany Edwards, 20, and her mother Claire Edwards, 51, who had a ten-month affair with the defendant, who was her personal trainer." That's the problem with those on steroids, it addles their brain! There's nowt so queer (strange) as folks! parcel
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7:28pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Dai Rear says...

This is so funny. It deserves international syndicalisation. I think it would appeal even in places like Los Angeles.
This is so funny. It deserves international syndicalisation. I think it would appeal even in places like Los Angeles. Dai Rear
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7:37pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Strider says...

This story is Hilarious should have it on Corrie Equally funny was the chav too afraid to use his own name saying in his broken Pigeon English that he could beat Viner up because he was old.. At least I think that's what he was saying!!!
This story is Hilarious should have it on Corrie Equally funny was the chav too afraid to use his own name saying in his broken Pigeon English that he could beat Viner up because he was old.. At least I think that's what he was saying!!! Strider
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8:00pm Thu 8 Nov 12

chris227 says...

good god what on earth goes on up these vallys
good god what on earth goes on up these vallys chris227
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8:16pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Llanmartinangel says...

By the cringe. This is clearly a violent and deranged individual and the best the law can offer by way of protecting the public is community service? In an Owl sanctuary? So when he finally kills or maims someone, we'll have an inquiry into why no-one saw it coming. Who said the law is an ****?
By the cringe. This is clearly a violent and deranged individual and the best the law can offer by way of protecting the public is community service? In an Owl sanctuary? So when he finally kills or maims someone, we'll have an inquiry into why no-one saw it coming. Who said the law is an ****? Llanmartinangel
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8:28pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Limestonecowboy says...

It wouldn't be so funny to be on the receiving end of this bodybuilder partial to assaulting women.
It wouldn't be so funny to be on the receiving end of this bodybuilder partial to assaulting women. Limestonecowboy
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8:54pm Thu 8 Nov 12

sweetsuccess says...

This man is dangerous, he's got previous history of violence yet the courts can't lock him up he just gets community service and fines. I know for certain if this happened to a daughter or FRIENDS of mine then I know I would certainly want this man locked up
This man is dangerous, he's got previous history of violence yet the courts can't lock him up he just gets community service and fines. I know for certain if this happened to a daughter or FRIENDS of mine then I know I would certainly want this man locked up sweetsuccess
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7:13am Fri 9 Nov 12

dai sparten says...

It's scary to think that man has his own gym and works with the public its disscusting he's too old to be threatening youngsters and assaulting women he's making professional bodybuilders like myself look like thugs,he's obviously not worried about what effect this will have on his business.looks like he bit off more than he could chew after assaulting that lads girlfriend he was then worried what might happen to him, that young lad has got patience by not biting back that viner might be 18 stone but he's gettin on now too old to go around fighting younger and stronger lads and truth be told by reading this the restraining order was more for viners saftey than the young lads.you can't go around assaulting people and threating them and not have any consiquence.people like this should be made an example of he's man enuff to hit a women but when it comes to someone who could take him onhe has all the excuses on the book he had 6 large drinks...pathetic ! P.s don't drop the soap ...classic young lad !
It's scary to think that man has his own gym and works with the public its disscusting he's too old to be threatening youngsters and assaulting women he's making professional bodybuilders like myself look like thugs,he's obviously not worried about what effect this will have on his business.looks like he bit off more than he could chew after assaulting that lads girlfriend he was then worried what might happen to him, that young lad has got patience by not biting back that viner might be 18 stone but he's gettin on now too old to go around fighting younger and stronger lads and truth be told by reading this the restraining order was more for viners saftey than the young lads.you can't go around assaulting people and threating them and not have any consiquence.people like this should be made an example of he's man enuff to hit a women but when it comes to someone who could take him onhe has all the excuses on the book he had 6 large drinks...pathetic ! P.s don't drop the soap ...classic young lad ! dai sparten
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7:27am Fri 9 Nov 12

dai sparten says...

I don't know why your saying its about steroids not everyone on them acts like this , things like this don't just happen in the valleys I'v moved to cardiff and there are plenty of thugss like him up here. Thy need to be made examples of .whats funny about smashing domes skull to pulp ?
I don't know why your saying its about steroids not everyone on them acts like this , things like this don't just happen in the valleys I'v moved to cardiff and there are plenty of thugss like him up here. Thy need to be made examples of .whats funny about smashing domes skull to pulp ? dai sparten
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7:28am Fri 9 Nov 12

dai sparten says...

I ment what'd funny aBout smashing someone's skull to a pulp ?
I ment what'd funny aBout smashing someone's skull to a pulp ? dai sparten
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9:01pm Thu 15 Nov 12

sweetsuccess says...

Obviously free as a bird is something to do with that monster. Well viner is far from a good looking bloke he looks more like shrek
Obviously free as a bird is something to do with that monster. Well viner is far from a good looking bloke he looks more like shrek sweetsuccess
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