Judge says violence seems to be part of a night out in Swansea
A JUDGE has hit out after jailing two men involved in an assault in Swansea's Wind Street.
After sentencing the Swansea pair for an unprovoked attack on a man in a city centre bar, Judge Peter Heywood said: "There doesn't seem to be a night that goes by that there isn't trouble in Wind Street, inside and outside clubs. It seems to be a catalyst for violence."
Police have said tackling violent crime is one of their main objectives, and something they take "very seriously".
Simon Myles, 28, and 26-year-old Ross Milward attacked Paul Elson as he enjoyed a Hallowe'en celebration in Retro bar.
He was watching two female friends dance from the side of the dancefloor, when Myles, his former friend, approached.
Swansea Crown Court heard that Myles, of Griffith John Street, Swansea, approached Mr Elson, first shouting at him before Mr Elson told him to go away.
Mr Elson was then punched twice by Myles, one blow to his face and another to his body.
Milward, of Gwynedd Avenue, Townhill, joined in and threw another punch.
The court heard that Mr Elson required surgery following the attack and needed a metal plate inserting into his face.
He was kept in hospital for two days following the incident.
Mr Elson, who had worked as a security guard before the attack, has had to quit his job, and said he still suffered discomfort from his jaw, especially in cold weather.
For a month after the attack he was unable to eat solid food, the court was told.
In a victim impact statement, which was read to the court, he said he could not believe how the incident had affected him.
Both men had previous convictions for assault and only pleaded guilty on the day of their trial, due to take place in Carmarthen in November.
Tom Scapens, representing Myles, a father-of-two, said his client "lacks clarity of thought".
"He has grown up, married well and decided to take on the role of a role model," said Mr Scapens.
"He's greatly angered that his behaviour on this occasion was not that of a grown up," he added.
Mark Spackman, representing Milward, said his client had not committed a violent offence for more than five years.
Both barristers asked the judge to impose a suspended sentence.
Judge Heywood said the "bad blood" between Myles and Mr Elson had led to Myles losing his temper before Milward decided to join in. He said: "This, in my view, was a serious attack.
"It was unprovoked, in a public place where other people were present and it clearly passes the custody threshold.
"I've been urged to suspend that sentence but I cannot."
The judge then sentenced Myles to 16 months behind bars, and Milward to 14 months.
Following the jailing, South Wales Police Superintendent Phil Davies — the operational commander for Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot — said that while the "vast majority" of people who went to Wind Street for a night out were well behaved, there was a small minority who caused trouble.
He warned anyone who committed acts of violence — in Wind Street or anywhere else in Swansea or Neath Port Talbot — that they would face "the full force of the law".
He said: "Tackling violent crime is one of our main objectives and is an area which we take very seriously.
"Wind Street is very much the focal point for visitors to the night time economy, and somewhere that on weekends and bank holidays we do deploy additional resources to deal with the high volume of people."
"A vast majority of people who visit Wind Street are well behaved and enjoy themselves, but there is a small minority that do cause problems.
"Anyone arrested for an offence of violence whether it be in Wind Street or anywhere else across the Swansea, Neath, and Port Talbot area, should be under no illusions that they can expect to face the full force of the law."