Teens punched and kicked man in unprovoked attack
TWO teens who repeatedly kicked and punched a man said they could offer no explanation about why - except that they had been drinking on a rugby internationals day.
Jordan Cooper and Samuel Stokes both admitted causing Robert Knott actual bodily harm.
The pair couldn’t explain why they had set upon him, but one said he was not used to drinking alcohol and had drunk five pints during a Six Nations game on February 3.
Mr Knott had been at the home of his friend Natalie Davies during the day when at around 10.30pm he saw Stokes and Cooper arriving at the address on Briton Ferry Road.
Stokes ran towards him and threw a punch. He went on to punch him several more times.
Mr Knott tried to protect himself, but Cooper then pushed him to the floor. While he was on the floor both Stokes, from Afan Road, Port Talbot, and Cooper, from Moorland Road in Cimla, kicked him repeatedly. He lost count of how many times the pair, both aged 19, kicked him.
Mr Knott was able to get to his feet but when he did, Cooper grabbed hold of him and bit the left side of his face.
Eventually, Mr Knott managed to push Cooper off him and Miss Davies told the pair to leave.
He was left with swelling to his face and an undisplaced fracture to his cheekbone. Photographs were shown to the judge of Mr Knott’s face with a visible bite mark.
Prosecutor Craig Jones said: “It’s described by the complainant as an unprovoked attack by individuals not known to him.
Cooper has a previous conviction for causing actual bodily harm after he was involved in an assault by a gang of men who attacked a man as he walked home.
Stephen Rees, for Cooper, said: “The motivation for what they did will never be fully understood. Something must have happened but his behaviour was inexplicable. He does bitterly regret what he has done.”
Cooper had told a probation officer: “I hate people that bit, it’s disgusting”.
Ian Ibrahim, for Stokes, said his client’s behaviour was out of character. “What he did that night is something that he regrets,” he told Merthyr Crown Court.
“He says it was the day of a rugby match between Ireland and Wales, he had been drinking and he doesn’t often drink. He had five or six pints and it had effected him,” he added.
“He knew he was not about to be attacked and he did throw the first punch,” said Mr Ibrahim.
Judge Paul Thomas said he wanted time to consider his sentencing and told the pair they would be remanded in custody until Wednesday when he will sentence them.