Teenage thug broke woman’s jaw in unprovoked assault at party

A teenager punched a woman in the face at a party and broke her jaw in an unprovoked attack that left her needing an operation.

Ryan Owen’s victim had given him a lift to the house party in her car but he later lashed out at her in an unprovoked assault. The woman needed surgery to fit a metal plate and screws to her jaw to repair the damage and missed her son’s birthday because she was in hospital.

Swansea Crown Court heard Owen was on a suspended sentence at the time for his part in a disturbance in Mumbles which saw him and another man attack a group of youngsters.

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Craig Jones, prosecuting, said the party assault happened on the morning of April 21 last year after the victim had driven Owen to a gathering at a flat off The Kingsway in the centre of Swansea. He said they arrived at the party just after 3am and stayed until around 8am when there was talk of them leaving.

However Owen came to believe the woman, who worked at the Amazon warehouse in Jersey Marine, was talking about his recently deceased “nana” and he started shouting at her, acting in an aggressive manner, and threatening to burn her car.

Mr Jones said other partygoers restrained the teenager but he broke free and “struck the complainant a powerful blow to the face” which the victim believed temporarily knocked her out. The police were called and Owen then issued more threats to the woman before leaving the property prior to the arrival of officers.

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The court heard the woman suffered a fractured jaw and facial nerve damage and later required two operations to fit a metal plate and screws in her face. In an impact statement the warehouse worker said she had been left depressed and scared by the assault and that some days it was a struggle just to get out of bed. She said she had missed her son’s birthday due to the hospital treatment she required and said she struggled to cope with the physical nature of her work.

Ryan Lee Owen, now aged 20, of Broughton Avenue, Portmead, Swansea, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH). He has two previous convictions for two offences including for affray – this offence had seen him and a man by the name of Jack Stead attack a group of youngsters on the street in Mumbles. One of the victims of the incident was left needing stitches to a cut on his head while others suffered bruises and swollen eyes. Owen was sentenced to eight months detention suspended for two years and ordered to complete a rehabilitation course, 100 hours of unpaid work, and a 90-day alcohol abstinence monitoring requirement for his part in the brawl.

Ian Ibrahim, for Owen, said the defendant was a young man who on the day of the Mumbles incident had found himself in “very, very, very poor company”.

With a discount for his guilty plea Owen was sentenced to 18 months detention in a young offenders’ institution for GBH and Judge Catherine Richards activated four months of the previously-imposed suspected sentence to run consecutively making an overall sentence of 22 months detention. He will serve up to half that period in custody before being released on licence.

Owen was also made the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting his victim for the next five years.

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