An Ellesmere Port man who staged cowardly unprovoked attacks on two people in the seaside town of Llandudno has been told by a judge to do the Welsh “a favour” and keep out of Wales.
Judge Huw Rees, sitting at Caernarfon Crown Court said Blake Potbury was a “thug and bully” and “not man enough to hold his drink” adding “nobody wants you in Wales – just keep out.”
The 23-year-old had been found guilty at a previous hearing in the magistrates court of assaulting two strangers – a 63-year-old female jogger and a 52-year-old male dog walker on Llandudno promenade.
Judge Rees imposed a 12 month suspended jail term on Potbury with 200 hours unpaid work and a thinking skills course. He must pay each victim £250 compensation.
Prosecuting, Sion ap Mihangel said it was a “strange set of circumstances.”
Victim Janet Jones had been out jogging at 6.40am on a Saturday last January when she saw two rowdy men.
As she made her way along the promenade she became aware of them behind her and felt frightened.
There was a quickening of steps from behind and she suddenly received a punch to the head, sustaining a cut to the back of the head and swelling.
“It was a cowardly attack from behind,” the prosecutor said.
The victim, who now carries an alarm for fear of a similar attack, clutched on to railings and was helped by a hotel porter before police were called.
A short-time later, dog walker Leslie Shirley saw two males crossing the road. Potbury approached as if to speak to Mr Shirley but instead punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground. He suffered a cut face and small tear to his eardrum.
Defence barrister Ffion Tomos said Potbury had no memory of what had happened because he had drunk so much.
He had visited Llandudno for the night with his partner and friends. He expressed remorse and couldn’t understand why he acted in such a way.
“He can’t remember very much of the evening, that’s how much alcohol he drank,” the barrister said.
The judge warned Potbury, of Stafford Garden, Ellesmere Port, he faced jail if he breached the court order.