Couple’s night out after baby’s birth led to one of them being jailed for GBH

A young father who smashed a glass in a man’s face at the pub has been locked up for six years.

Robert Stuart Brown, 27, almost blinded William Dune and caused permanent scarring during a night out in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales. He was out with his girlfriend following the recent birth of their child when a row with another group quickly escalated to violence.

Brown, denied causing grievous bodily harm in February last year but was found guilty by a jury after a two day trial at Caernarfon Crown Court. During trial heard how Brown and his partner were seated in a quiet area of the Bank of Conwy pub, known as the Vault, when he overheard Mr Dune’s group in an adjoining booth.

The defendant, from Fron Uchaf, Colwyn Bay, told the court he became aware of comments being made about him and his girlfriend. He said: ‘Their jokes and laughter seemed to be at our expense.’

The court heard how Brown asked Mr Dune’s friend Stephen Wood what the problem was. When Mr Wood stood up the defendant also rose from his seat and picked up a glass.

As others tried to calm the situation down, Brown lashed out and struck Mr Dune on the left side of his face, leaving him bleeding profusely.

The victim was given first aid by staff and police and was taken for further treatment at Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital. Mr Dune later underwent surgery on his eye following the attack.

The jury were aware he had already admitted wounding Mr Dunne and assaulting Mr Wood before convicting him of GBH.

Jailing him for six years, Judge Huw Rees said he accepted it was a single blow which was not made in revenge.

But he said it was a ‘forceful’ strike on a ‘vulnerable part of the body’ which could have blinded his target.

Brown said: ‘I did not try to hit anyone. I swung my arm in panic. It was the last thing I wanted to happen. I did hurt Mr Dunne and I’m sorry. I have felt awful since.’

The judge had been handed several character references which spoke of Brown’s time in the RAF and voluntary work with the Welsh Ambulance Service.

When asked by Matthew Curtis, prosecuting, why he had not walked away, Brown said: ‘I thought I was going to be attacked.’

But he agreed he would not have had to pass the group to leave the pub as the door was behind him.

Prior to sentence, the jury were told Brown had a previous conviction for assault dating back to late 2012.

Mr Curtis said he had assaulted two police officers while being arrested for disorderly conduct and had received a suspended prison sentence.