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Dad left unable to smell newborn baby after thug batters him in drunken attack

The victim of a drunken attack suffered life-changing injuries and has been left unable to work or even smell his baby boy.

Dad-of-six Paul Williams was beaten to the ground by Connor Jones, who walked away but returned to the stricken man minutes later and, while others were trying to help the casualty, cruelly kicked him in the head.

Ten months after the attack, Paul is still suffering with memory and language problems and has lost his senses of taste and smell, reports Wales Online.

The man who changed his life has been jailed for six years.

Swansea Crown Court heard it was not known what caused the attack though the two men were known to each other having both been carrying out community service work the week before.

Robin Rouch, prosecuting, said in the early hours of April 28 last year Mr Williams was out socialising in Llanelli town centre.

Just before 3.25am he became involved in an “altercation” with other men near Bar Luna.

Jones then approached the group and attacked the victim, punching him a number of times and knocking him to the floor.

The court heard Mr Williams remained on the ground for a minute before getting to his feet at which point Jones punched him down again. Mr Williams managed to get to a nearby wall and sat down but Jones followed him.

The prosecutor said a “tussle” then ensued and Jones was seen to carry out “two stamping motions” – though the court heard the defendant denies he stamped on his victim.

Jones left the scene but returned a couple of minutes later. By now his victim was lying helpless on the floor being tended by passers-by but the defendant walked up to him and kicked him a number of times to the head.

The court heard Mr Williams has no memory of the prolonged attack. The last thing he can remember is leaving the town’s Met bar at around 2.45am and heading towards the Asda supermarket. His next recollection is waking up in bushes near a chapel in the town centre.

He managed to stumble home and at around 4am his wife was woken by a “loud bang” at the door. She went downstairs and found her husband being sick and with blood over his face. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to hospital.

A subsequent CT scan showed fractures to the cheek, nose, and eye socket bones, and to the skull, as well as multiple contusions to the brain. He had to spend two days in the emergency department.

Jones, of Clos Dewi Medi, Morfa, Llanelli, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent. The court heard he has a number of previous convictions, though none for offences of violence, and was on a community order at the time of the attack for possession of cannabis and stealing lead from a roof.

Dean Pulling, for Jones, said the defendant was remorseful for what he had done and accepted a prison sentence was inevitable.

The barrister said: “This incident is an advert for the pernicious effects of too much alcohol and drugs on young men out late at night.”

He added that his client had spent three weeks on remand prior to sentencing which had been his first taste of custody – “an experience he has not found pleasant”.

Judge Keith Thomas told Jones he had involved himself in a dispute between other people before punching his victim then “coming for him again” with his feet.

Giving the defendant a discount for his guilty plea he sentenced him to six years in prison. Jones will serve half that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community. He was also made the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting Mr Williams for the next seven years.

Speaking after the sentencing the victim of the assault said the incident had left him unable to work and had had a profound effect on his personal life.

Mr Williams spoke out about his ordeal as part of Dyfed-Powys Police’s Just Walk Away campaign, an initiative focusing tackling alcohol-fuelled violence.

He said: “I’m not recovering very well. I have to have further MRI scans, I’ve been referred to a memory loss specialist as I’m forgetting a lot of things and also a speech specialist because of the injuries I suffered.

“I’ve had a constant headache that has stayed with me since the assault and I still can’t smell or taste – this has had a horrible effect on me as I haven’t been able to smell my son who was born in November. I absolutely hate this.”

In the months before the assault Mr Williams said he was working hard on setting up his own landscape gardening business but he is now unable to work.

He said: “It’s had a massive impact on my job as I’m not able to do anything that I’ve done in the past like heavy lifting or heavy work.

“It’s affected my social life as I still haven’t been out to town as I get flashbacks and I’ve had to give up the gym, which I used to love for bodybuilding.

“I’m no longer allowed to do the things I loved doing before all this happened.”

Dyfed-Powys Police temporary detective inspector Vicky Oliver said Mr Williams had been unaware he had been assaulted or where it had happened but officers had managed to piece together the events of the night – and identify the assailant – thanks to a painstaking trawl through CCTV footage of Llanelli town centre.