Swansea man punched by Newport visitor
A NEWPORT man visiting Swansea for a night out punched a man after a mass scuffle.
Joseph Tapsel, aged 20, from Fields Park Avenue in Newport, was in the Oceana nightclub in Swansea at 12.40am on August 11 when he assaulted Jack Matthews.
Mr Matthews tried to stop a fight which had broke out between his friend and another man.
A large scuffle then broke out on the smoking terrace and Mr Matthews was then punched in his face. Prosecutor Linda Baker said he felt immediate pain to his face and fell to the floor.
He didn't see the person who had hit him, said Mrs Baker, but a bouncer who did witness the attack said it had been "completely unprovoked".
In his police interview Tapsel said he had seen people pushing and shoving his friends and then felt someone punch him. He then in turn also punched out and knew he had connected with someone but did not know who with.
Steve Burnell, for Tapsel who admitted assault, said his client had not been in court before and said he was remorseful for his actions.
City magistrates fined him £250 and told him to pay £85 in costs as well as £100 compensation.