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Teen threw glass after being asked to take shoes off.

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CONSERVATORIES PORCHES DOORS WINDOWS FRENCH DOORS BI-FOLDING DOORS A TEENAGER threw a glass at his neighbour when she asked him to take his shoes off in her home, a court has heard.

Mum-of-two Kirsty Rees was left with a 3cm cut above her left ear after her next door neighbour Jordan Ford lost his temper and hurled the glass at her.

In a victim impact statement read out at Cardiff Crown Court, the 24-yearold said: "I am constantly nervous and on edge that I could be attacked by anyone, any time - even in my own home."

The court heard that on April 25 last year, 19-yearold Ford, of Fenton Place in Porthcawl, had gone to his neighbour's house with some of her friends.

Prosecutor Tony Trigg said most of Ms Rees' friends had left by 10.30pm, but Ford left to get some cigarettes and came back just before midnight with his brother.

Mr Trigg said: "Kirsty saw the defendant walking upw the stairs and asked him to take his shoes off. We don't know why he did what he did, perhaps that was the trigger, but his lifted his arm and threw a glass at her."

Ford left her house and she phoned police, who arrived and took photographs of the injury - a 3cm wound above her left ear.

In a statement made a month after the incident, she said she still suffered from headaches and was embarrassed by the bald patch left where her wound was treated.

When questioned by officers, Ford denied the assault. He pleaded guilty on the day his trial was due to start to unlawful wounding.

The court heard that while Ford was on bail for that offence, he committed two firearms offences and a theft. Mr Trigg said the defendant went out with a BB gun on November 2. He added: "He was very intoxicated through drink and drugs. He said afterwards he had very little recollection of what he had done. It is clear from witnesses that he seemed out of control."

The court heard that he went into a takeaway on Old School Road in Porthcawl and pulled a BB gun on a teenager who bumped into him.

Later, he went into another takeaway on John Street, where a 14-year-old boy inadvertently made eye contact with him.

Mr Trigg said: "The defendant pulled out the BB gun. He positioned it against the boy's neck and said: 'If you ever look at me again, you will get shot.'" ."

The court heard the owner of the takeaway shouted at him and he responded: "If you have a problem with me, I'll be waiting outside."

He then stole two bottles of energy drink from a nearby shop.

When officers attended his house, they found the BB gun and he told them: "I was off my face on Valium."

The court heard he had drunk a litre of vodka and taken Valium tablets.

Mr Trigg said he had previous cautions for common assault and criminal damage in 2014.

Ford's representative Karl Williams said his actions were "out of character". The court heard the teenager, who worked for ABC Tyres, suffered from depression and anxiety, which worsened after his brother was sentenced for crashing a car into a smoking shelter.

Mr Williams said: "That did generate a large amount of press coverage which rebounded on to Jordan Ford. He apologises for his behaviour - there is no excuse for it."

He told the court the BB gun was damaged and could not have been fired.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Fitton QC said: "It is perfectly clear to me that all these offences have to be met by an immediate prison sentence."

He added: "You are 19. Your family and domestic life has been changed drastically by the circumstances of your brother and I recognise you have got a history of depression."

Ford admitted unlawful wounding, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and theft.

He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a young offenders' institution and a restraining order was put in place preventing him from contacting Kirsty Rees. He must pay a victim surcharge of PS120 and the BB gun will be destroyed.


Jordan Ford was sentenced to two and a half years in a young offenders' institution
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 1, 2016
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