Thugs knocked out man drinking with sister as they ‘didn’t want stranger in pub’
15th February 2020

A man was left with a broken jaw and a 16-inch long cut in the back after an unprovoked pub attack.

Paul Dyer was having a drink with his sister and her partner at The Coracle Pub in Penlan, Swansea, and had gone for a cigarette when the assault happened.

He was hit by an unknown man and knocked semi-conscious after he fell to the ground.

A number of women in the smoking area helped stop the assault.

As he made his way back inside the pub, he was attacked again by a second man called Gareth Huxtable, who punched him to the ground and then repeatedly kicked him.

CCTV showed Huxtable being pushed out of the pub by a number of people inside, but he managed to fight his way back in and throw another punch, but that missed Mr Dyer.

A court heard Paul was left unconscious on the floor for three minutes before a number of people helped to lift him out, reported Wales Online.

He suffered a 40cm (16in) cut in the back and a jaw injury, which required an insertion of three metal plates.


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Police arrested Huxtable, of Penlan, for the assault that happened on January 16.

A victim personal statement was read out on behalf of Paul by prosecutor Tom Scapens, which read: "Due to the injuries I have sustained through no fault of my own I will be off work for an unknown period of time.

"I will have no income and won't be able to pay my bills.

"This has caused me great stress and affected my mental health. It has caused me to be wary of everyone I don't know.

"I'm in great pain, struggling to drink, I can't eat solid food. This will impact on my life greatly and my injuries will not heal overnight."

Huxtable, appeared at Swansea Crown Court having pleaded guilty to affray and attempted grievous bodily harm.

The court heard Huxtable has 17 previous convictions for 55 offences, dating back to 1998.

Mitigating, his solicitor Jon Tarrant told the court: "He has been very candid about his own actions and behaviour and accepts his manner of dealing with situations is inappropriate.

"He speaks eloquently and is held in high regard by who he knows and is caring to his family.

"If you met Mr Huxtable, you would not think he was capable of what was on CCTV. He is utterly ashamed of what he has done.

"He understands he has a flash point and that's very significant with what he does. He understands he had a problem."

Judge Paul Thomas told Huxtable: "You gave Mr Dyer a ferocious and unprovoked beating. You punched him hard and kicked him repeatedly to his head and face. It was a merciless attempt to cause him very serious injury.

"It is made worse that it was in a crowded and busy pub. I suspect there was a large element of not wanting a stranger in the pub.

"It can't be said for sure you were responsible for the double broken jaw as at the time the victim was very badly injured already.

"Others pushed you out of the pub but your rage was so much that you came back, threw another punch and missed him.

"He was no threat to you, but you came from the bar and punched over somebody else to get to him.

"This will have an impact on him both financial and psychological."

Huxtable was given a five-year custodial jail sentence, with a three-year extension period.

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