Llanelli teen feared for life over 'strip snap' game attack
A LLANELLI teenager said he was "fearing for his life" when he was assaulted for playing an "innocent game of strip snap" with a friend.
Martin Morgan has relived his ordeal after 22-year-old Daniel Williams, of Llanerch, pleaded guilty to assaulting him on October 5 when appearing before town magistrates.
Following the case, Williams spoke out about the nightmare day he lost his job before finding his girlfriend, Stacey Evans, 19, and Mr Morgan together playing the game in what he called a "betrayal".
But now Mr Morgan, 18, has come forward to share his side of the story.
He said: "In my eyes nothing was ever going to happen sexually — I just thought that she was in her bikini and I was in my shorts.
"I have been friends with Stacey since early days in school — we are just close friends."
Mr Morgan, of Heol Daniel, in Felinfoel, said that he and Ms Evans were working at Parc y Scarlets that night and were told they could go home early.
He said they waited for Williams, who had been to watch the Scarlets play, until the end of the game to give him a lift home, but he decided to go to the Halfway Hotel.
The pair went to Ms Evans's house and on finding a pack of cards in a gift set, decided to play a game of strip snap, which Mr Morgan said was an "innocent act".
Williams then turned up.
Mr Morgan said: "I tried to explain that it was not what it looked like, but he went ballistic and started punching me — my blood was on the walls.
"Everyone knows I'm not like that. I was in shock and I felt really numb, I feared for my life that night."
After the attack, Mr Morgan said he left the house to go home, and tried to cover up what had happened.
He said: "I was trying to wash myself in a puddle so my mother wouldn't freak out when she saw me.
"My mum's friend picked me up and took me to my gran's. They were both screaming when they saw what had happened."
The second year Coleg Sir Gar travel and tourism student said he later contacted the police, but was in such a state of shock that they left and returned the following morning.
He said: "I went to hospital and they gave me a slip for college which said I would have concussions, faints, nose bleeds and headaches, but I didn't go in that week.
"I am a confident person, but my confidence has taken a real knock, I don't leave my house anymore and don't talk to people in college.
"I have panic attacks, and I'm anxious, weary and paranoid.
"It was one of the scariest things and it keeps replaying through my mind. People can't believe he would do something like that to someone my age."
Mr Morgan added that he was disgusted at the sentence Williams was handed — a conditional discharge for 12 months, £40 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge — and denied the pair were ever best friends.
He said: "He has been portrayed as the victim, but he is not. I just want it over and done with now.
"I don't want anybody judging me for what happened.
"If he thought I was in the wrong two wrongs don't make a right."