A man who bit off sixty per cent of another man’s ear in an “act of grotesque savagery” in the centre of Aberystwyth has been jailed for nine years.
But his friend who started the trouble received a sentence of only 12 months.
John Howell, aged 27, had been convicted by a jury at Swansea Crown Court of wounding with intent.
Howell, of Bwlch yr Allt, Cwmduad, near Llandyssul, was also found guilty of affray, as was Roland Ardizzoni, 26, of Church Street, Llandyssul.
Ardizzoni was described by the judge as “the trigger for a significant degree of widespread disorder” at 2.30am on May 17 last year.
Near the Clockhouse the pair walked passed a group of men that included Luke Williams, who was out socialising with friends after they had spent the day playing golf together.
There was a “very brief exchange of words” but nothing else happened at that stage.
But Ardizzoni turned and threw a coin at Mr Williams group and the two groups confronted each other.
Howell was by far the most aggressive but it was Ardizzoni who threw the first punch.
Howell then launched a “no holds barred” attack on Mr Williams, and bit him at least twice before tearing off most of his left ear.
The violence was filmed by a CCTV camera and Ardizzoni, once a soldier in the Welsh Guards, could be seen “trying to punch just about everyone he could see.”
Mr Williams was taken to hospital and although a friend found the piece of ear in the street surgeons could not reattach it.
After they had been arrested both Howell and Ardizzoni claimed they had been attacked and had defended themselves.
Last week, Mr Recorder P.A.Hopkins, described that as “a recent invention.” He said Howell, who at the time was serving a community order for an offence of battery, had used his mouth as a weapon.
“You caused an horrendous injury. Mr Williams will be disfigured for the rest of his life.
“It was grotesque savagery,” he added.
Mr Recorder Hopkins told Ardizzoni he had been responsible for widespread disorder on the streets of Aberystwyth.
Ardizzoni’s barrister, Carina Hughes, said that when police showed him the CCTV footage he was so disgusted with himself he asked them to turn it off.
Howell’s barrister, James Hartson, said he had to accept that his client already had four convictions for violence but said he had struggled with mental health issues for many years.
Man sentenced following Tregaron assault
FOLLOWING a report of an assault in Tregaron on Tuesday, April 3, Dyfed-Powys Police has arrested and charged Saul Rownan Henvey, aged 42, of Chapel Street, Tregaron, with common assault.
He was arrested following the incident, for which the victim required hospital treatment.
Henvey appeared before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, April 6.
He received a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also given a 12 month supervisory order and ordered to undergo 30 days of rehabilitation requirements.
Motorbike safety campaign launched across Wales
A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is underway across Wales.
As the weather improves police see more bikers on the roads, taking advantage of the beautiful routes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.
Dyfed-Powys Police is urging motorcyclists to ride safely and warns that until October there will be an increased focus as part of the campaign, named Op Darwen.
Superintendent Huw Meredith, Head of Specialist Operations, said: “Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on the roads of Dyfed-Powys is a priority for our Roads Policing Units.
“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the magnificent landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all, with our Roads Policing Units taking robust action to prevent fatal or serious road traffic collisions on our roads.
“Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.
“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing officers will be out in numbers throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies.”
Officers will also be encouraging riders to improve their biking skills by taking part in BikeSafe workshops, which
offer an insight into what can be achieved with further advanced training. The workshops, run by police forces around the UK, use a mix of discussions, on-road observed rides and information videos. They are designed to enhance the skills of all riders who have already passed their tests and are suitable for all abilities, from the most seasoned rider to those returning to biking after a period of absence.
Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates praised the campaign: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world.
“However, the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured is still too high.
“Campaigns like this are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties. This holistic approach includes ensuring motorcyclists are prioritised in our road safety funding, supporting Go Safe’s operation of speed cameras and funding local authorities to deliver Bikesafe and other motorcyclist training.”
‘Race hate’ case will be heard at Crown Court
A BRYNAMMAN man who allegedly called for all Muslims to be ‘forcibly sterilised and banned from preaching their ‘evil creed’ in a social media post will have his case heard at Crown Court.
It s alleged that 34-year-old Jonathan Jennings posted nine offensive or threatening comments between March and April last year.
These are said to include threatening to ‘Jo Cox’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, hailing a man jailed for kicking a pregnant Muslim woman in the stomach as ‘a National Hero’ and suggesting that bombing mosques and ‘putting Muslim on top of bonfires’ were ‘great ideas’.
It is alleged that he said Hitler was born 100 years too soon, and called for Gina Miller to be ‘hunted down and executed’ over her stance on Brexit.
Appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court wearing a blue military greatcoat, purple shirt, and yellow striped tie, Jennings, of Heol y Gelynen, spoke only to give the court his name, age and address.
Jennings’ solicitor said that he would not be entering a plea at this stage.
The District Judge declined jurisdiction, and Jennings was released on bail until May 18 at Swansea Crown Court, on condition that he does not post or repost anything on social media, or create any new accounts.
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