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Students were attacked by violent thugs.

STUDENTS relaxing by the river were attacked when they sat down to socialise after a college function.

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard that on July 12 the group, including Scott Sullivan, Kane Stevens, Thomas Gwyther, Malik Farhid and Adam Evans, had gone to the Taff Trail by the old railway bridge.

But as they sat there talking, Julian Aaron Jones, 20, and Connor Price, 17, were with others when one of them lobbed a plastic bottle at Mr Stevens.

When it struck him on the head he asked why he had done it. Jones, of Hawthorn Avenue, Gurnos, Merthyr, told him: "It was me. What are you going to do about it?" Jones kicked or punched Mr Stevens in the face and he fell unconscious to the floor where Jones continued to lay into him, saying to the floor was also kicked and punched by Jones.

Price, of Tai'r Twynau, Pant, Merthyr, also waded in, punching and kicking others in the group, while one was delivered a karate kick to the head by Jones.

It was then the pair turned on Scott Sullivan. "They started to attack him, punching him to the body and face," said Richard Ace, prosecuting.

He was then dealt a blow, breaking his jaw, which later required surgery to insert metal plates. "He felt his mouth filling up with blood from the kick," said Mr Ace.

The court heard that both defendants had a criminal history of violent offending.

Andrew Davies, defending Jones, who admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm and three offences of actual bodily harm, said he had had a difficult upbringing and had turned to drink aged 15 and said he was "thoroughly ashamed".

Nicola Harris, defending Price, who admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm and two offences of actual bodily harm, said: "Although it was an act of joint enterprise, he does not appear to have played the leading role."

Judge Thomas Crowther QC imposed a 30-month custodial sentence on Jones and a 12-month detention and training order on Price.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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