How city centre workers helped bring vicious attacker to justice
THE man who devastated the family of Nicholas Watkins was brought to justice thanks to the efforts of city centre night time workers.
As Mr Watkins lay in Caer Street following the attack, door staff and people working on the Help Point provided vital assistance.
The Help Point provides advice and support to people visiting the city centre during the night, particularly those who may have drunk too much.
They also helped preserve evidence at the scene which was recorded by police, and used when Owain Phillip Davies was brought to court.
He received a nine year prison sentence after being found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent.
DCI Simon Davies of South Wales Police said: "The events of the early hours of the December 27 last year have had a life changing effect on Nicholas Watkins and his family and from which he is still recovering.
"The act of mindless thuggery carried out by Davies on that night has been dealt with by the courts and I applaud the length of the sentence.
"I am proud of the way that my officers obtained the necessary evidence to allow the jury to convict Davies and I would stress on each and every occasion we receive a complaint of this nature we will work tirelessly to gain justice for the victim."
Prosecutors have also warned visitors to Swansea city centre who carry out such assaults that they will be tracked down.
Iwan Jenkins, district crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said: "All too often, we see the devastating effects that attacks involving violence can have on victims, families and indeed entire communities.
"We are committed to playing our part in ensuring that attacks of this nature are dealt with decisively within the criminal justice system. Those who perpetrate these offences should be in no doubt that we will do everything in our power to make sure they are brought to justice."
The One Punch Ruins Lives campaign is working to reduce violence and improve safety in the city centre's nightlife. Safety is a key theme under assessment as part of the city's quest to achieve Purple Flag status.