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Friday, March 31, 2017
Holywell,North Wales - Flintshire thug locked up for attacking disabled man and bottling his own friend
Joshua Roberts, 18, attacked his first victim who had cerebral palsy and had suffered a stroke before later assault on friend
A teenager was locked up for more than 16 months today after he punched and kicked a disabled man and in a separate attack bottled his own friend.
Joshua Roberts, 18, attacked his first victim who had cerebral palsy and had suffered a stroke.
Violence erupted at Abbey Court in Greenfield, in October 14 last year,
Mold Crown Court
The assault happened when the victim tried to help his mum who was being confronted by a group of youths near their home.
Roberts, who was aged 17 at the time, punched the vulnerable man in the face and kicked him in the right eye when he was on the floor causing it bleed.
He then threatened to follow the man to his workplace and “carry it on”.
Afterwards Roberts, of Meadow Bank, Holywell, then rang the police to say what he had done, but gave no reason for doing it.
While out on bail for that offence Roberts he went onto attack his own friend with a bottle on February 13 this year.
Clare Jones, prosecuting, said on that occasion victim Dylan Davies, 19, Roberts’ friend, was walking home along the Holywell High Street after finishing a shift at the Flint McDonald’s.
Mr Davies heard the clink of two bottles before Roberts rushed up to him and smashed a bottle over his head, while shouting “I’m mad Dylan, I’m mad.”
It left Mr Davies with a large cut and swollen head.
Police were called and found Roberts in the Meadow Bank area.
The court heard Roberts then threatened to stab the officers and he struggled when they tried to arrest him, kicking out at them.
Mr Davies said in a personal victim statement the attack “had shocked me to the core” and although he did not know Roberts well, thought of him as a friend.
Roberts admitted two counts of causing actual bodily harm and resisting arrest.
Myles Wilson, defending, said Roberts had lost a brother, in 2014, and the loss had deeply affected him, but it was not an excuse.
Judge Tracey Lloyd Clarke sentenced Roberts to a total of 16 months, saying he had “humiliated” his first victim who was “very obviously disabled” and had already been before the court five times.
“It’s clear you have not yet learnt how to deal with your grief without hurting yourself or others,” the judge said.
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