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Drunk thug breaks dad's leg in holiday park attack; ... THEN HITS MAN'S 7-YR-OLD DAUGHTER AS SHE TRIES TO HELP.

Byline: ERYL CRUMP Daily Post Chief Reporter eryl.crump@trinitymirror.com

A DRUNK thug punched a dad then slapped his seven-year-old daughter when she went to help after he broke his leg in the attack at a holiday park.

The girl was left with a swollen and split lip when Christopher Paul Balmer struck her as he continued to punch her father in the face as he lay on the floor.

Balmer, 28, was giving the dad, his partner and two young children a lift back to their caravan at Hafan y Mor, Pwllheli, when the family realised he was drunk behind the wheel.

Prosecutor Karl Scholz told Caernarfon Crown Court: "They had been at a club on the site and had stopped to buy a pizza on the way back to the caravan.

"The defendant struck up a conversation with the man. They had not met before but he offered them a lift back to their caravan.

"During the short journey the vehicle struck a kerb and the man realised the defendant had an open can of lager and had been drinking."

At that point the man asked Balmer to stop the car so they could get out and then an argument broke out.

Balmer then punched the man in the face and he fell to ground awkwardly, breaking his leg in two places.

"The defendant continued to punch him in the face and the man's daughter went to assist and was struck across the face," added Mr Scholz.

A site security guard approached during the incident on May 22 last year, but Balmer drove off at speed, although he later returned to the scene. Police and paramedics had been called and Balmer was arrested.

"Officers smelt alcohol on his breath and a roadside breath test was administered and he gave a reading of 77, more than twice the legal limit," said Mr Scholz.

"He was abusive to officers on his way to custody and failed to provide a breath sample."

He admitted a charge of assault causing grievous bodily harm and another of assault, and also admitted failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

Jailing Balmer for 12 months, Judge Niclas Parry said: "This was a shocking attack on a father in the presence of his daughter. When she went to help him she was injured."

Balmer, of Ledbury Street, Leigh, Lancashire, was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Defence barrister Dafydd Roberts said: "When he was accused of being drunk that angered him and he became argumentative. He accepts he acted unlawfully and is now remorseful."

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