Man admits racially aggravated assault on Pontymister shopkeeper

Man admits racially aggravated assault on Pontymister shopkeeper

Man admits racially aggravated assault on Pontymister shopkeeper

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A RISCA man has admitted racially assaulting the owner of the local shop he has been going to for the last 15 years.

Mark Williams, 45, of Meadow Crescent, Pontymister, pleaded guilty to six charges against him at Newport Magistrates Court.

All charges related to an incident which occurred earlier this week, on June 11. Williams admitted to causing criminal damage, two assaults by beating, having an offensive weapon, affray and racially aggravated assault.

The court heard how Williams had gone to his local Londis on Wednesday afternoon, where he cornered the shopkeeper in the storeroom. Williams shouted racial abuse and pushed and shoved the shopkeeper.

Ruth Hale, for the prosecution, said Williams had shouted: “I’ve been in the army, you shouldn’t be in this country.”

Williams then left the store before returning with a large wooden handle, akin to a pick axe handle, and started hitting the shop window causing an estimated £3,500 of damage.

Shortly before police arrived at the scene, Williams said he would be back to burn the shop down.

Two others, who were in the store, tried to calm the situation but were also assaulted by Williams.

In police interviews Williams had been unable to recall what had happened, as he had consumed a litre of white cider and depression tablets.

In mitigation, the court heard how Williams was “mortified” by what he had done, especially as he had been using the shop regularly for the last 15 years.

The case was committed to Newport Crown Court, where Williams will be sentenced on July 4. He was remanded in custody.

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7:38pm Sun 15 Jun 14

displayed says...

"In police interviews Williams had been unable to recall what had happened, as he had consumed a litre of white cider and depression tablets."

Of corse thats the reason!
If a man cant handle his drink, he shouldn't be going in the same shop for 15yrs!
He had built up resentment so it had to come out!

Next case!
"In police interviews Williams had been unable to recall what had happened, as he had consumed a litre of white cider and depression tablets." Of corse thats the reason! If a man cant handle his drink, he shouldn't be going in the same shop for 15yrs! He had built up resentment so it had to come out! Next case! displayed
  • Score: -9

8:52am Mon 16 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

"In police interviews Williams had been unable to recall what had happened, as he had consumed a litre of white cider and depression tablets."
"Litre"-a Risca measure of volume, equivalent to 4 standard buckets full
At the age of 45 he ain't gonna get better so lock him up for a good while.
"In police interviews Williams had been unable to recall what had happened, as he had consumed a litre of white cider and depression tablets." "Litre"-a Risca measure of volume, equivalent to 4 standard buckets full At the age of 45 he ain't gonna get better so lock him up for a good while. Dai Rear
  • Score: 3

8:56am Mon 16 Jun 14

Thor at the door says...

Birch him!
Birch him! Thor at the door
  • Score: -2

9:18am Mon 16 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

displayed wrote:
"In police interviews Williams had been unable to recall what had happened, as he had consumed a litre of white cider and depression tablets."

Of corse thats the reason!
If a man cant handle his drink, he shouldn't be going in the same shop for 15yrs!
He had built up resentment so it had to come out!

Next case!
and no doubt he had bought the white lightening from this particular shop .might be an idea to suspend the liquor license as well ,
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: "In police interviews Williams had been unable to recall what had happened, as he had consumed a litre of white cider and depression tablets." Of corse thats the reason! If a man cant handle his drink, he shouldn't be going in the same shop for 15yrs! He had built up resentment so it had to come out! Next case![/p][/quote]and no doubt he had bought the white lightening from this particular shop .might be an idea to suspend the liquor license as well , jimmysmith
  • Score: 4

9:28am Mon 16 Jun 14

les1977 says...

Well Done Risca Police !!!!!
Well Done Risca Police !!!!! les1977
  • Score: 5

12:44pm Mon 16 Jun 14

nathanliam1978 says...

This man is my brother and I am deeply ashamed to call him my brother I just want to add neither myself nor other members of my family share his racist views, I just hope the owner of the shop and the others involved are ok now, I lived in fear of my brother for so many years and now hes going down I can finally breathe a sigh of relief
This man is my brother and I am deeply ashamed to call him my brother I just want to add neither myself nor other members of my family share his racist views, I just hope the owner of the shop and the others involved are ok now, I lived in fear of my brother for so many years and now hes going down I can finally breathe a sigh of relief nathanliam1978
  • Score: 14

9:42am Tue 17 Jun 14

Gareth says...

Any "foreign person does X" story gets 50+ finger-pointing comments of blame and disgust that our country is going to the dogs.

But come a story about a vile, white, locally-born, drunk criminal racially abusing someone and the comments section has tumbleweed rolling through it.

Funny that.
Any "foreign person does X" story gets 50+ finger-pointing comments of blame and disgust that our country is going to the dogs. But come a story about a vile, white, locally-born, drunk criminal racially abusing someone and the comments section has tumbleweed rolling through it. Funny that. Gareth
  • Score: 1

10:04am Tue 17 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Gareth wrote:
Any "foreign person does X" story gets 50+ finger-pointing comments of blame and disgust that our country is going to the dogs.

But come a story about a vile, white, locally-born, drunk criminal racially abusing someone and the comments section has tumbleweed rolling through it.

Funny that.
Could it be that we didn't export him? I'm only seeking information.
[quote][p][bold]Gareth[/bold] wrote: Any "foreign person does X" story gets 50+ finger-pointing comments of blame and disgust that our country is going to the dogs. But come a story about a vile, white, locally-born, drunk criminal racially abusing someone and the comments section has tumbleweed rolling through it. Funny that.[/p][/quote]Could it be that we didn't export him? I'm only seeking information. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

3:26pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Jimport says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Gareth wrote:
Any "foreign person does X" story gets 50+ finger-pointing comments of blame and disgust that our country is going to the dogs.

But come a story about a vile, white, locally-born, drunk criminal racially abusing someone and the comments section has tumbleweed rolling through it.

Funny that.
Could it be that we didn't export him? I'm only seeking information.
In similar pursuit of pure information, how would you respond if the answer to your question was 'yes', and how would you respond if it was 'no'?
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gareth[/bold] wrote: Any "foreign person does X" story gets 50+ finger-pointing comments of blame and disgust that our country is going to the dogs. But come a story about a vile, white, locally-born, drunk criminal racially abusing someone and the comments section has tumbleweed rolling through it. Funny that.[/p][/quote]Could it be that we didn't export him? I'm only seeking information.[/p][/quote]In similar pursuit of pure information, how would you respond if the answer to your question was 'yes', and how would you respond if it was 'no'? Jimport
  • Score: 0

5:03pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

I don't think we trouble ourselves a lot about what No Good Pierre gets up to in Marseilles any more than the population of that city do.
There, I'd never get the job of "Rac-ism Finder General", would I ?
I don't think we trouble ourselves a lot about what No Good Pierre gets up to in Marseilles any more than the population of that city do. There, I'd never get the job of "Rac-ism Finder General", would I ? Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

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