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Hearing loss fear after just one punch.

Byline: LIZ DAY Reporter liz.day@walesonline.co.uk

AN APPRENTICE had to abandon his career ambitions in the RAF after being left with "life-changing" injuries when a dad-of-two punched him outside a pub.

Lewys Jones suffered a fractured skull and bleed on the brain after hitting his head on the pavement and was told he may never get his hearing back in one ear.

Sentencing Orrie Brunsdon at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Nicola Jones said: "You do not need me to tell you that you could have killed him with that one punch."

The incident happened in the early hours of September 3, 2017, outside the Caerphilly Cwtch pub.

Tom Roberts, prosecuting, said Jones started the confrontation by headbutting Brunsdon's friend.

The court heard Brunsdon, who did not know Jones, crossed the road and there was "pushing and shoving".

Mr Roberts said: "The defendant punched Jones to the face, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement."

Jones was unconscious for around three minutes and taken to hospital, where CT scans showed he had a fractured skull and bleeding on his brain. Prosecutors said he was discharged 10 days later, but left with "ongoing life-changing injuries" and the hearing loss in his right ear is not expected to improve.

When he was interviewed by the police, the defendant said he was waiting for a taxi at the end of the night and stepped in when Jones headbutted his friend.

Brunsdon, 31, from Church Road, Bedwas, Caerphilly, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Stephen Thomas, defending, said his client had no previous convictions and is a dad-of-two.

He pointed out the incident happened nearly two years ago and said the stress of the court case had affected Brunsdon's health, as he has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

Mr Thomas said his client, who was a self-employed steel erector, was hard-working.

Judge Jones accepted Jones started the incident by headbutting Brunsdon's friend and said there was "clear provocation".

Jones, 23, of Court Road, Energlyn, Caerphilly, admitted affray and was last week given a 12-month community order, requiring him to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

The judge noted Jones was doing an apprenticeship with the RAF at the time, but could not pursue his career due to his injuries, which she described as "life-changing".

She told Brunsdon he was "stupid" to intervene in the way he did and gave him a 16-month jail term, suspended for 18 months.

He was ordered to complete 10 days of a rehabilitation activity, designed to help him manage anger, plus 200 hours of unpaid work. He must pay a PS140 victim surcharge.

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