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Two teenagers locked up for 'mindless violence'.

TWO teenagers who attacked an innocent bystander are starting sentences at a young offender institution.

Kieron Lee Jones and his 17-year-old co-defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not start the fight but had become embroiled in the brawl, Merthyr Crown Court heard.

Jason Wyn was on his way home from the Queen's Hotel, in Pentre, on July 6 when he passed three youths who verbally abused him.

Despite ignoring the abuse he felt a blow to the back of his head and saw 19-year-old Jones, of Llewellyn Street, Pentre, and his co-defendant approaching.

The youngest defendant, who hit the man across the forehead with a metal bar, and knife-wielding Jones punched and kicked their victim as he lay helpless on the ground.

Mr Wyn needed five stitches to his forehead and underwent surgery after suffering two broken fingers, a fracture to his eye and a fractured nose.

Jones, who pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm, affray and having an offensive weapon, also admitted theft from a motor vehicle and being carried in a conveyance - relating to offences on November 9.

He was sentenced to 21 months in a young offenders' institution.

His co-defendant was sentenced to three years in a young offenders' institution.

Andrew Davies, defending the unnamed youth, said he had no recollection of being involved in the offences.

Lee Reynolds, defending Jones, said: "He does regret his actions."

Sentencing the pair, Judge John Curran said: "This case is an appalling display of mindless violence that happens when young men abuse alcohol."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 14, 2009
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