Trio brawled like 'drunken hooligans' outside town pub
THREE men have appeared in court after brawling "like hooligans" in a Burry Port street.
Robert Clark, 18, David Booth, 20, and David Ley, 25, all appeared in the dock at Swansea Crown Court.
The trio were involved in an incident outside the Hove and Anchor pub on Heol Stepney, Burry Port, on January 22.
Judge Paul Thomas told them they behaved like "drunken hooligans".
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"It was quite a disgraceful drunken brawl that you incited," he said.
The trio pushed bystanders, including women, out of the way and even attacked others who had got involved to stop the fighting.
CCTV shown to the court showed Booth and Ley both kicking out at people including the pub's landlord.
Luckily, no-one suffered severe injuries.
The judge said: "You attacked men, including those trying to shelter others, and Booth and Ley put the boot in, something which almost always indicated a prison sentence.
"It was, in short, a quite appalling scene that you created."
Booth, of Golygfor, in Pembrey, and Clark, of Garreglwyd and Ley, of Tirwaun, both in Burry Port all admitted a charge of affray.
Clark, who is a member of the Royal Artillery, asked the judge to avoid giving him an immediate custodial sentence as that would result in immediate dismissal from the army.
Ley also admitted damaging a £186 fire extinguisher at Burry Port Rugby Club.
Judge Thomas said: "In a letter to me from David Ley you described the way you acted as like a thug. That's entirely right and it does not just apply to you, but all three of you.
"This is a case which fully merits a prison sentence in each of your cases," he told them.
The judge said they had shown a "different side" and had acted out of character before telling them they would avoid a prison sentence.
"It's very much a last chance," he added.
He gave Clark a 12-month community order including 100 hours of unpaid work.
"The country has put money and time into training you and you are doing a valuable job for the country. More importantly the court has been told by the Army you are considered to be a good and promising soldier," he said.
He gave Booth and Ley a six-month sentence, suspended for 12 months and told them both to complete 200 hours unpaid work.
The trio were told to pay £400 each in costs.
"You have come perilously close to going to prison," he warned them.