Newport mugger jailed for street robbery of Maindee wedding reveller

South Wales Argus: Mark Poretta, 37, of Somerton Park, Newport Mark Poretta, 37, of Somerton Park, Newport

A MOBILE phone thief who knocked out a wedding reveller after befriending him outside a Newport club has been jailed for four years.

Mark Poretta, 37, walked with Scott Skellon for up to a mile before flooring him with a "massive punch" in what was described as a "vicious" pre-planned attack.

CCTV footage played at Cardiff Crown Court showed how Poretta followed the blow with several kicks as the 24-year-old Newport man lay motionless near a Shell garage.

Poretta, of Somerton Park, Newport, is seen on the footage to turn Mr Skellon over, take his £300 phone and £60 in cash before running off.

Cardiff Judge John Jenkins gave him a four-year jail sentence on Friday, saying he had a "formidable" record including GBH, robbery and dishonesty.

He said: "This sort of offence makes people weary of walking the streets of town and cities.

"This was seen by others. It was absolutely vicious and unprovoked."

The court heard how Poretta befriended Mr Skellon as he left the unnamed bar in Newport City Centre to go home at around 3.30am on March 30, 2012.

Crown prosecutor Ieuan Bennett told the court Mr Skellon had been at a wedding reception in the Maindee area of the city the previous day.

The footage shows Poretta hanging outside the club then follow Mr Skellon as he walks home while talking to his brother on his £300 phone.

Judge Jenkins said Poretta targetted a "vulnerable" victim who had consumed alcohol.

He added: "There was at least some extent of pre-planning once you realised what Mr Skellon had and it was late at night."

The "bewildered" reveller regained consciousness before staggering to the Shell garage, the court heard.

He was taken to Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport but initial fears he had a fractured jaw were discounted after X-ray tests.

Poretta pleaded guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing.

Poretta's barrister said Stephen Jeary referred Judge Jenkins to a pre-sentence report and stressed his client had pleaded guilty to the offence.

Judge Jenkins said Poretta must serve the first two years of his sentence in prison adding he is then to be released on licence.

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12:41pm Tue 23 Apr 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

"Cardiff Judge John Jenkins gave him a four-year jail sentence on Friday, saying he had a "formidable" record including GBH, robbery and dishonesty."

Formidable...?! Our learned friend makes the above activities sound like something to be proud of. Then again, maybe they're considered virtues in the legal profession?
"Cardiff Judge John Jenkins gave him a four-year jail sentence on Friday, saying he had a "formidable" record including GBH, robbery and dishonesty." Formidable...?! Our learned friend makes the above activities sound like something to be proud of. Then again, maybe they're considered virtues in the legal profession? Katie Re-Registered

3:53pm Tue 23 Apr 13

the-dragons says...

Poor scumbag
Poor scumbag the-dragons

5:53pm Tue 23 Apr 13

richie55 says...

I really think its time we brought in the American system of voting in judges then stupid inadiquates like Judge John Jenkins could be voted out of office for giving pityfull sentences like this! This scum will be out in only 2 years!
I really think its time we brought in the American system of voting in judges then stupid inadiquates like Judge John Jenkins could be voted out of office for giving pityfull sentences like this! This scum will be out in only 2 years! richie55

9:10pm Tue 23 Apr 13

Dick Emery says...

Don't he look like a 'right 'un'....
Don't he look like a 'right 'un'.... Dick Emery

9:49pm Tue 23 Apr 13

gordelpus says...

The judge is right. I am weary of walking the streets. I would imagine the Czech prostitute is also weary of walking the streets but possibly for reasons other than Mark Poretta. A less than formidable sentence for a criminal with a formidable record.
The judge is right. I am weary of walking the streets. I would imagine the Czech prostitute is also weary of walking the streets but possibly for reasons other than Mark Poretta. A less than formidable sentence for a criminal with a formidable record. gordelpus

7:20am Fri 10 May 13

arjwain says...

lethal injection .should be his punishment . people like him never learn especially being housed in the hotel prison system,
lethal injection .should be his punishment . people like him never learn especially being housed in the hotel prison system, arjwain

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