Man knocked mum’s partner unconscious then continued hitting him

A man attacked his mother’s partner and repeatedly punched him in the head even after he was unconscious.

Peter Hill had spent the day of October 8 this year drinking at his home in Geiriol Road in the Townhill area of Swansea with Stephen Rees but “became agitated” when Mr Rees told him in the evening he had had enough.

After leaving the house to buy more alcohol he returned looking for an extra 30p when he threatened Mr Rees.

Swansea Crown Court was told Hill then approached his victim from behind and pushed him forward, smashing his face into a wall.

When Hill’s mother told him to stop the defendant told her he would “give you something to complain about” and threw his first punch at Mr Rees’ face.

He then held Mr Rees to the floor so he was unable to move and continued to throw punches at his face.

Prosecutor Ashanti-Jade Walton told the court after a few punches Mr Rees became motionless and started “making gurgling noises”.

“The defendant continued to punch the complainant even though he was unconscious,” she added.

Hill then called his mother a slag and went upstairs before returning and started punching Mr Rees in the face again.

Hill’s mother then pulled her son away and started to call the police but dropped the phone when Hill once again started punching Mr Rees in the face.

He then left to go upstairs a second time, returning with his bike, and began punching Mr Rees in the face yet again before leaving, enabling his mother to call police.

He eventually agreed to meet officers in a car park in Swansea later that evening.

The court was told Hill, aged 28, had four convictions for nine offences, including two instances of ABH in 2015. One of those saw him hit his ex on the head with a hammer while he also used the weapon to gouge her arm. He had also previously attacked Mr Rees when he had been in bed, punching him a number of times in the face.

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Mitigating, Eugene Hickey described Hill as a recluse who hardly ever leaves his home.

He added: “It may be stating the blindingly obvious but he does not get on well with [his mother’s] partner.

“He had pleaded with his mother not to let him live there during lockdown and there have been tensions throughout the period.

“There is history here. Living together they clearly wound each other up.

“On this particular occasion they had been drinking and the defendant accepts he simply lost his temper completely and lost complete control.

“His only real mitigation is his early guilty plea.”

Sentencing, Judge Huw Rees said: “After drinking all afternoon and into the evening you were spoiling for a fight when he refused to go out and buy more alcohol.

“When he was on a chair in the living room you used both hands to push him into the wall.

“He was bleeding and dazed but when your mother threatened to call police you punched him remorselessly. You punched and punched until he lost consciousness. He was unconscious for five minutes.

“An aggravating feature is you continued to punch him when he could not defend himself. No less than three times you stopped and started again. You punched him while he was unconsious.

“He was bleeding from the mouth and wet himself.

“When police found you at 10.40pm that night you were to tell them it was a fair and equal fight. It was nothing of the sort.

“He had extensive swelling to his right eye and he lost two teeth.

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“In December 2018 the court gave you another opportunity and sentenced you to 12 months community order. That was the same victim in very similar circumstances. He was vulnerable in bed and you approached and hit him.

“You simply and obviously do not like your mother’s partner but by assaulting him you get into trouble and you sentences are bound to increase.

“Your victim was particularly vulnerable when unconscious and it was a sustained attack. I am confident you intended to cause him harm because you returned three times”.

Hill, who had pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, was jailed for 18 months.

He was told he would serve half of that in custody before being released on licence. He was also made subject of a restraining order.

WalesOnline – Swansea