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Murder witness jailed for assault.

A witness who helped put a local man's killers behind bars is today behind bars himself after assaulting police officers.

St Clair Mansbridge was an eye-witness to the 1995 murder of dad-of-three Les Reed, of Ely, Cardiff, who was kicked to death in the street by a gang of thugs.

Then his testimony helped jail killer Stephen James, 19.

But the 29-year-old is now starting a year-long sentence after admitting assaulting two police officers - biting one on his nipple and drawing blood.

Violence flared after he refused to leave the family home in Heol Munston, Ely, Cardiff, and fled to the bathroom.

Pc Antonio Melina was left with bite marks to a finger and a nipple and a scratch on one of his eyes where Mansbridge tried to 'gouge' it out.

The defendant also suffered cracked ribs.

Prosecutor Tony Trigg told Cardiff Crown Court: 'He also head-butted PC Melina in the face and tried to hit him.

'He was abusive and aggressive and they had to radio for help.'

Pc Melina's colleague WPc Rebecca Clarke had bruising to her arms, a shoulder and back.

Peter Harding-Roberts, defending, said police had been called following a domestic argument.

He said Mansbridge and his partner were always shouting and screaming at each other but were never violent and had since been to Relate for counselling.

That day, in June, she was upset after losing her job following the premature birth of their second child and accepted their rows were often as much her fault as his.

'He's a man who showed considerable courage after being an eye witness to the Les Reed murder in 1995 and giving evidence for the prosecution,' Mr Harding-Roberts added.

Mansbridge was jailed for 12 months for the assault and another nine months after admitting being part of a burglary on an Aldi store when two TVs worth pounds 900 were stolen.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 17, 2006
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