Prison guard left unconscious after attack in Glanaman pub
8:48am Friday 22nd March 2013 in Ammanford news
A 35-YEAR-OLD Garnant man punched an off-duty prison guard unconscious during a surprise blind-side attack at a Glanaman pub.
Justin Edgar Davies, of 2 Penyrallt, admitted assaulting Carl Morgan in the early hours of December 22 at the Cross Keys pub.
Davies told police afterwards: “He is a prison warder, he knows what he is doing.”
Ellie Morgan, prosecuting, told Llanelli magistrates how Mr Morgan had spent the evening with his wife and was chatting with friends at the bar when Davies approached him from behind.
She said witnesses watched in horror as, without warning, Davies smashed an unprovoked punch into the side of the Mr Morgan’s face.
Mr Morgan collapsed unconscious to the floor.
Davies, who had previously spent time in Swansea and Cardiff prisons, ran from the pub but was arrested soon after. In interview, Davies said: “I do not like him. We don’t see eye to eye.”
He told officers he blamed Mr Morgan for his transfer from Swansea to Cardiff prisons at a time when his father had been seriously ill.
Aled Owen, defending, said Davies had been serving a nine-month jail term for domestic violence at Swansea where Mr Morgan was an officer.
His 2010 transfer to Cardiff was, he claimed, due to “animosity between Mr Morgan and himself”.
However, Mr Owen said the attack had nothing to do with Davies’ time in prison, but stemmed from an argument between his brother and Mr Morgan “years ago”.
“He had drunk a large quantity of alcohol and things from his past must have come into his mind,” said Mr Owen.
“He is one of those people who simply should not be drinking,” and was “thoroughly ashamed of what he did”.
Magistrates sentenced Davies to a 12-month community order with supervision and alcohol awareness requirements.
He was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, pay £85 costs, a £60 legal surcharge and £150 compensation.