Pub crawl dad sent to jail for punching PCSO
A MAN who punched a female police community support officer after he had been on an afternoon pub crawl has been jailed.
Karl Williams, 36, became involved in an altercation in High Street, Swansea, at 3.10pm on Friday, October 5.
Police were called to the Kebab House by a member of the public who said they saw a group of aggressive males in the street.
Williams, of Heol Austin, Ravenhill, and another man, were both drunk when an officer and PCSO Kelly John arrived.
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They were arguing with the shop owner, Swansea Magistrates' Court was told. PCSO John tried to calm Williams down but he continued to be aggressive towards her.
Prosecutor Laura Carthew said: "Without warning he then punched her to her right shoulder with considerable force, causing immediate pain and caused her to stumble."
She was left with reddening and a dead arm, Mrs Carthew said.
Williams has previous convictions for assaulting police officers and obstructing an officer in their duties, the court was told.
He had drank four or five pints of lager at a number of city pubs, the court heard.
He said he had recollection of the incident but was "devastated" by his behaviour.
Williams, a single parent to two teenage sons, is a sole carer for them.
Laura Sherwood, representing Williams, said if he was jailed, his youngest son would be taken into care.
Judge Vivian Manning-Davies said: "It is overwhelmingly clear to me that you're a caring and a good father.
"You have had responsibility for your two young sons for the past five years.
"It fills me with some horror that your son may have to go into care but you should have thought about him as well before you got into such a state," said the judge.
"Police officers have a difficult job to do. They are entitled to look to the courts for protection. When a large male like you punches a female police officer in the course of her duty, there can only be one sentence," said the judge before jailing Williams for three months.