Friend left with metal plates in jaw after iPod attack
A LLANELLI man who drunkenly assaulted his friend leaving him with three metal plates in his jaw, has been jailed.
Robyn Mills, aged 21, left his friend Simon Morris with his jaw broken on both sides and needing surgery to insert the plates and nine screws in his face.
Mr Morris said he is still suffering the affects of the attack and still finds eating painful and difficult.
The pair had been drinking heavily at a party when an argument broke out about who owned an iPod, prosecutor John Lloyd told Swansea Crown Court.
Mills, of Heol Gwalia, punched his friend once, knocking him to the floor and leaving him dazed.
Mr Morris then backed away but Mills came at him and grabbed him by his jacket, pulling him up and punched him up to ten times to his jaw.
Mr Morris said he was unable to fight back during the attack.
Mr Morris was collected by his family and they went to a local pub, but the following morning he woke up in intense pain and went to hospital where he was told he had a broken jaw as well as injuries to his nose.
In his police interview, Mills admitted punching Mr Morris once but then pleaded guilty to the full prosecution facts.
He admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Morris.
John Hipkin, for Mills, said: “This was a falling out between friends when drunk which led to severe consequences.”
He said his client had suffered mental health problems but a doctor had said she thought they were drug and alcohol induced.
Judge Peter Heywood said he had read a statement from Mr Morris who said he was still affected.
“He is still feeling discomfort and he is not yet fully recovered from the attack on him.
“You have a bad record for somebody of your age but there’s no previous offences of violence,” he said.
The judge then imposed a 12 month term in custody.