Clubber assaulted after revealing he was a Spurs fan
FOOTBALL banter turned sour when a man assaulted another clubber after he revealed he was a Tottenham Hotspur fan.
Richard Foreman was left with a broken nose, broken bones in his eye socket and bleeding on the brain after the attack by 18-year-old Jamie Robert Steele from Great Western Crescent in Llanelli.
Mr Foreman, who knew Steele, had been out drinking with friends in Carmarthen town centre and admitted drinking 10 pints before the assault.
He was in the Metros club at around 2.40am with friends when Steele came over and the pair began to share banter about football.
Prosecutor Brian Simpson said: “When Richard said he supporter Tottenham he became very aggressive. A person was seen to try and calm the defendant down but he then headbutted Richard to his head and punched him to the nose.”
Steele was then taken away from doorstaff and Mr Foreman went to hospital.
He was found to have fractures to his nasal bones, a bone under the eye socket and below the eye.
When police arrived at the club and arrested Steele, he began spitting, with some hitting one of the officers.
Steele then used two hands to push an officer to her chest.
She and two other officers then had to take him to the floor but he continued shouting and swearing towards the officers.
He had to be restrained for five minutes before he could be put into the van and as officers put him inside, he kicked out, hitting one officer and causing his wrist and ring finger to bend backwards.
In his police interview, Steele told officers he could not remember anything about the incident.
He later admitted one offence of grievous bodily harm and three of assaulting a police officer.
Janet Gedrych, representing Steele, told Swansea Crown Court the incident had taken place six months ago and said he is still a young man.
“These six months have brought about a very significant change in his attitude,” she said.
Judge Keith Thomas said he wanted an adjournment before sentencing Steele so he could get further information from the probation service because Steele’s circumstances had recently changed, details of which were not included in the report.
“When I came into court having read the papers, I didn’t think there was a possibility of anything but a term of custody. There will be a term of custody in this case but I am prepared t see if the Probation Service can properly give me a rather more sensible and full report that may persuade me to suspend that term of custody,” he said.
Steele was told to next appear on October 7 for sentencing.