Swansea dad jailed for attack after 'louche' Facebook comments about daughters' band
AN "over-protective" Swansea dad has been sent to prison for carrying out a vicious attack following a row between two city bands.
Stephen Thomas Kane, of Gellifawr Road, Morriston, has been jailed for three years for causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The 47-year-old pleaded not guilty but was convicted by a Swansea Crown Court jury.
He was arrested last year, the court heard, after breaking the cheekbone of a man called Paul Eagle in the city centre.
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At the time, Mr Eagle was a member of a band called Sons of Pioneers and daughters of the defendant were in an all-girl band called Kane'd.
Trouble flared after there was a falling out between the bands, said prosecutor James Jenkins, and Kane took exception to "louche" — unsavoury — comments that had been made about Kane'd on Facebook.
Mr Eagle suffered a fractured cheekbone when Kane punched and kicked him in an "ambush" after spotting him one night in Wind Street.
Giving evidence, Kane claimed he had been defending himself against a joint attack by all members of Sons of Pioneers.
John Hipkin, in mitigation, said Kane was devoted to his wife and children and the assault resulted from his "over- protective" attitude to his family.
"He has been under considerable strain for a long time with this hanging over him and his imprisonment will have a dramatic effect on his family, both emotionally and financially," said the barrister.
Judge Merfyn Hughes QC, sentencing, accepted that Kane had not gone out on the night in question intent on causing violence to anyone.
It was clear, said Judge Hughes, that Kane had "significant anger management issues".
According to the band's Facebook page, Kane'd are an alternative rock band made up of Steph, Stacey and Chez Kane.
Sons of Pioneers, who were a four-piece from Port Talbot, split up in April this year.