Men assault 64-year-old after throwing snowballs at his house

THREE men from Pontllanfraith assaulted a 64-year-old man after throwing snowballs at his house, a court heard.

Lewis Hynam, 18, Laurie Price, 25, and Daniel Russell, 18, were found guilty of the attack on Wayne Fox on January 21 this year.

All denied the charge of assault by beating but were found guilty at Gwent Magistrates’ Court sitting in Newport.

Mr Fox was left with bruising and abrasions to the left side of his face after the attack.

Hynam, of Heath Road, Price, of Highmead, and Russell, of Nant y Rhos, had been out in the evening throwing snowballs at peoples’ houses. After a snowball hit Mr Fox’s living room window, he came out to remonstrate with the men.

Angry words were exchanged and the defendants began scuffling with Mr Fox, who slipped on the snow.

Rhys Davies, prosecuting, asked Lewis Hynam: “If he’d just slipped on the snow, why didn’t you try to help him up? Surely if you saw a 64-year-old man on the floor being punched and kicked, you’d remember it?”

Hyman claimed he had been a witness only and that any injuries to Mr Fox had been caused in self defence.

Daniel Russell claimed their snowball throwing was “just to have a laugh, we never intended to hurt anyone”.

He added: “[Mr Fox] just grabbed me, ripped my headphones out of my ears. He pulled me down with him. I tried to get him off me but he wouldn’t let go of my jumper. I was hitting his hands trying to get him off me.”

In his closing speech, Mr Davies said: “All three defendants at some stage either kicked or punched Mr Fox either when he was standing or when he was on the ground. It’s a joint enterprise effectively that we are dealing with.”

Chairman of the bench Revd David Boutflower adjourned the sentencing until January 14 for a pre-sentence report to be obtained.

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5:55pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

"Men"? No, I don't think they'll ever make it that far. 25 years of age? How sad his poor mam must be.
"Men"? No, I don't think they'll ever make it that far. 25 years of age? How sad his poor mam must be. Dai Rear

11:31am Fri 27 Dec 13

Magor says...

Throwing snowballs at houses at that age,something you would expect of 12 year olds, not 18 and 25! and then attacking an old man.Hope they get a good stretch.
Throwing snowballs at houses at that age,something you would expect of 12 year olds, not 18 and 25! and then attacking an old man.Hope they get a good stretch. Magor

8:40am Sun 29 Dec 13

bladerunner says...

Bit old for throwing snow balls especially at the guys window!
Bit old for throwing snow balls especially at the guys window! bladerunner

11:05am Sun 5 Jan 14

richie55 says...

Why did it take 11 months for this matter to be dealt with???
Why did it take 11 months for this matter to be dealt with??? richie55

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