A Swansea pensioner was brutally assaulted by a motorist who reversed into his car and refused to acknowledge his mistake.
Barry Morgan was waiting in the car for his wife Patricia as she shopped at the Spar in West Cross Lane, West Cross, when he felt his Peugeot 307 “shake” after Mark Anthony Isaac reversed into it with his silver Ford vehicle.
Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Morgan, aged 78, stepped out of his car and made a quick examination of his vehicle, and saw there had been no significant damage caused.
But he called out to Isaac, who was about to drive away from the scene without acknowledging the incident.
The court heard Mr Morgan told him: “You have hit my car, but there’s no damage”, to which Mr Isaac replied: “I have not touched it”, using expletive language and an aggressive tone.
Prosecutor Lisa Jones explained how in Mr Morgan’s evidence, he said: “I did not accuse him of causing any damage. His anger was not warranted.
“He said ‘I’m not paying you anything anyway’.”
Isaac continued to be verbally abusive towards Mr Morgan as he walked back towards his own vehicle, leading to Mr Morgan approaching the car again and suggesting police should become involved.
Isaac began kicking out towards Mr Morgan, connecting with him three times to the stomach, the court heard.
Due to concerns over his aggressive nature, Mr Morgan then leaned inside Isaac’s vehicle, and removed the keys from the ignition.
Isaac then told Mr Morgan: “You should not have done that”, and punched the pensioner to the floor, before pinning him to the ground and raining down blows to his face.
Mrs Morgan shouted at Isaac to leave her husband alone, and Isaac moved towards her, before getting into his car and driving off.
Isaac appeared before Swansea Magistrates’ Court for sentencing having been convicted of assaulting Mr Morgan by beating following a trial.
The 61-year-old, of Alder Way in West Cross, had pleaded not guilty to the offence, which took place on December 20 last year.
A victim personal statement from Mr Morgan was read to the court. It heard: “I worked in the building industry and road haulage and have always been self-confident, but I can’t believe the impact this has had on my confidence.
“I have had nightmares of him leaning over me, taking his time and picking his spot.
“I find it difficult to contain my emotions when talking about it. I think I did right to remove his keys because of the state he was in.
“I have always been cynical when people say they suffered after something happened to them, but it can have an effect on your life.”
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Mitigating, Nick Devonald said: “This occurred in December last year and has been going on a considerable period of time for all parties.
“Thankfully after today all parties can move forward and put this behind them.
“The defendant accepts the finding of guilt and the reasons why they found him guilty of the offence.
“He is the age of 61 and is extremely disappointed to become embroiled in the criminal justice system.”
Magistrates told Isaac it was a “very silly and serious offence”.
They sentenced him to 16 weeks in prison, but suspended it for 12 months.
He must complete a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement, and pay Mr Morgan £200 compensation. He must also pay £620 costs and £122 victim surcharge.
A restraining order has been made stopping him from coming into contact with Mr Morgan or his family for two years.
Speaking after the sentencing, Mr Morgan told WalesOnline: “I had said to him ‘I think you hit my car mate’ and he just flipped.
“It took three or four weeks just to get over the mental effect of it. Initially I was just in shock, I just wanted to go home.
“I had injuries to my nose, inside my mouth, the back of my head.
“At the moment we just want to put it behind us, you can’t alter what has happened. You’ve just got to come to terms with it.”
Mrs Morgan added: “It’s been an awful time. I can’t explain – I’ve never seen Barry like that before and I don’t want to see any of my family like that.
“It was awful, absolutely awful.”
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