Teen left with £5k dental bill after attack in Kiwis nightclub at Neath
A GLYNNEATH man described as the heart of his community punched an 18-year-old leaving him with a £5,000 dental bill because of a misunderstanding.
Mark Williams, 38, of Maes yr Eglwys, Glynneath, was in Kiwis nightclub in Neath on July 22. Matthew Rollinson was dancing with his girlfriend when Williams walked past.
Swansea Crown Court heard Williams was "unsteady on his feet" and his legs gave way and then he fell into Mr Rollinson who tried to catch him.
In a basis of plea, Williams said he misunderstood Mr Rollinson and thought he was going to assault him.
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Creighton Harvey, prosecuting, said: "The defendant then became aggressive and grabbed hold of him by the throat and pushed him back."
Williams threw a punch which hit him in his mouth, pushing two of his teeth back.
Those teeth had to be removed.
Mr Rollinson said he now feels apprehensive about being in the bar and said his confidence has gone.
He will require £5,000 of dental treatment to repair his teeth.
John Hipkin, representing, Williams, said: "This is clearly not just out of character, but an aberration of his character. His biggest concern this morning was losing his liberty."
Judge Peter Heywood replied: "I am not going to do that.
The judge added: "He is held in high regard and references in front of me come from councillors, parents of children that he teaches and those who know he has worked to regenerate his local rugby club He is the heart of his community."
Judge Heywood said: "It's hugely disappointing for me and for you to find a man of your background and good character to be before this court."
The judge imposed a 32-week sentence on Williams, who admitted assault, but suspended it for 18 months. He was also told to complete 180 hours of unpaid work and pay his victim £3,000 compensation.