Club-goers come to blows after arguing about a woman
AN 18-YEAR-OLD punched and kicked another club-goer after the pair argued over a woman.
Jamie Griffiths accepted he went “above and beyond” when he assaulted Lewis Alford on October 11.
The pair had both been in the Oxygen nightclub in Swansea and had already been in three separate scuffles.
One had seen their respective groups of friends separated by security staff and the next took place five minutes later in the club’s smoking area.
They had argued again before they went outside the club.
Both men were on their own when they began brawling but no-one intervened once they began fighting.
Both of the men were “in each others faces” and Mr Alford said he remembered pushing Griffiths away on three separate occasions but the pair ended up rucking in the street.
Griffiths was then captured on CCTV throwing several punches at Mr Alford which connected on the side of his head.
Mr Alford said he found himself sitting on the ground so he tucked his knees into his chest hoping it would help him avoid serious injury.
Griffiths then kicked him three times but the prosecution accepted only two of those connected.
Griffiths had admitted assault on a basis of the facts where he accepted throwing around seven or eight punches and having kicked him but said there had been provocation because Mr Alford had slapped him.
Griffiths’s solicitor said the two men had been arguing about the ex-girlfriend of Mr Alford, who he had seen his attacker talking to inside the club.
He also said Griffiths had provoked him by slapping him
Mr Alford went to hospital and had a number of cuts and grazes to his head, face and elbow.
Griffiths’s solicitor Paul Clayton said: “The defendant accepted his actions were over and above self defence. He said he was disgusted by his actions and said he just saw red when the victim had punched him. He said his intention in punching and kicking him was to ensure he didn’t get up and attack him.”
After the magistrates saw the CCTV Mr Clayton said: “Obviously the video doesn’t make very good viewing.”
Magistrates gave him a community order including 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also given a curfew from 8pm until 6am which will last for three months.