Two drunk thugs with a history of violent offending carried out a vicious and unprovoked assault on a man in the street, a court has heard.
Tyrone Lagan and Wayne Rogers punched and kicked their victim as he went for a morning walk on one of Swansea’s main roads. The assaulted lasted for around 12 minutes with Lagan returning to the scene a number of times to rain more blows down on the injured and dazed man.
Swansea Crown Court heard that early on the morning of July 10 this year a man by the name of Stephen Jones left his home in Swansea city centre and walked along The Kingsway heading for St Helen’s Road.
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David Singh, prosecuting, said when the victim reached the shops opposite the YMCA building he saw a man he recognised – defendant Rogers – who was part of a group of men and women which included Lagan. At this time Lagan was urinating against one of the closed and shuttered shops.
The court heard a comment was made about what Lagan was doing which Mr Jones found funny and with that 26-year-old Lagan and 38-year-old Rogers went after him. Outside the Subway sandwich shop in St Helen’s Road they attacked Mr Jones, taking him to the floor and punching and kicking. Rogers delivered a back-heeled kick to the man’s face as he stepped over him.
The pair were dragged away by female members of their group but Lagan returned to the dazed man – who was by now on his feet outside the shops – on two further occasions and delivered more punches.
Tyrone Lagan (left) and Wayne Rogers
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Police were called and Lagan was arrested at the scene while Rogers was arrested elsewhere in the city the following day.
The court heard the victim suffered swelling and bruising to his eyes and nose and had a chipped tooth. He did not provide a victim impact statement to the court but in his original statement to the police he said he had been left feeling anxious about going out in the city centre alone.
The prosecutor said Lagan remained silent throughout his police interview while Rogers admitted the offence, blaming the amount of alcohol and drugs he had consumed for his behaviour.
Wayne Brynley Rogers, of Clas yr Onnen, Waunarlwydd, Swansea, and Tyrone Anthony Lee Lagan, of Llangyfelach Road, Brynhyfryd, Swansea, both admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH).
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Lagan, originally from Ipswich, has nine previous convictions for 14 offences including drug matters, criminal damage, and a string of violent offending including threatening someone with a machete and attacking a customer in the McDonald’s restaurant on Swansea’s Castle Square. In 2015 he was sentenced to five years in prison for inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent after attacking his former girlfriend’s new partner.
Swansea-born Rogers has 63 previous convictions for 169 offences many for theft and dishonesty matters but including affray, common assault, and robbery.
John Allchurch, for Lagan, said the defendant had spent the night before the St Helen’s Road assault celebrating a friend’s birthday and had consumed too much alcohol. He said when the defendant sobered up and was confronted with what he had done he was “embarrassed and saddened at the way he had behaved”.
Giles Hayes, for Rogers, said it was accepted the defendant had a problem with alcohol and drugs that needed to be tackled and that when intoxicated “he behaves in completely antisocial and unacceptable ways”. The advocate said Rogers knew the man the pair attacked and in the cold light of day was appalled at what he had done.
Judge Paul Thomas QC described the assault as a “drunken, vicious, cowardly attack” on a man who had been out in the city centre for an early-morning walk. He said while Lagan had been the main aggressor Rogers had willingly joined in.
Giving the defendants one-third discounts for their guilty pleas the judge sentenced Lagan to 20 months in prison and Rogers to 16 months. The defendants will serve up to half their respective sentences in custody before being released on licence.
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