Brothers avoid jail term for jaw fracture attack
TWO brothers have avoided jail after assaulting a man and leaving him with his jaw fractured in two places.
John Paul Green and Robbie Green each punched James Longden once after what a judge called a "catalogue of errors".
They wrongly assaulted him, thinking he was the perpetrator of an earlier attack on a mutual friend, Thomas Sloane.
On July 14 the brothers were out with friends, as was Mr Longden.
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The two groups did not know each other but Mr Longden's group involved Mr Sloane, a mutual friend of the Greens and Mr Longden. While the groups were on Wind Street an incident took place where Mr Sloane was butted and left "severely injured," Judge Huw Davies QC said.
That attack had nothing to do with either group but the two groups then confronted each other in the street, and it is thought both groups thought the other responsible for the attack.
"Police came across the scene and tried to disperse those who they thought were involved," said Judge Davies.
They sent Mr Longden one way, and the group involving the Green brothers the others but as both groups turned a corner, they came face to face once more.
In the following fracas, the Green brothers took on one victim each and when Mr Longden tried to step in to separate the sparring groups, the Green brothers each threw a single punch, giving Mr Longden a fracture to each side of his jaw.
Judge Davies, sitting at Swansea Crown Court, said although one of the fractures was fairly minor, the other needed a metal plate inserting.
The injury has still not healed, more than two years later and Mr Longden, who now lives in Australia, still suffers pain because of it, the court heard.
Paul Hobson, representing the pair, said: "This incident was entirely out of character."
He said Robbie Green, 26, of Bryn y Clochydd, Townhill, was a new father and about to start a new job at the DVLA.
Mr Hobson said John Paul Green, 23, of Gendros Avenue, had been working as a doorman but as a result of his conviction could lose his job.
Both men were due to stand trial last week for affray, but later pleaded guilty to the charge.
Judge Davies sentenced both men to 10 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months.
They were also told to complete 80 hours of unpaid work and pay Mr Longden £625 compensation each.