Llandudno antique dealer ‘lost control’ and kicked and kicked friend over head after drunken argument
An antique dealer has been jailed for two years today after what a judge called a “ferocious and cowardly” attack on a friend on a street in Llandudno.
Barry Hardern, 50, of Madoc Street, Llandudno, admitted an assault causing bodily harm near his home on March 17.
Caernarfon Crown Court heard that the men had been drinking heavily and that Hardern, who had a history of violence, had taken drugs before losing his temper.
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CCTV footage was shown in court.
Judge Nicola Jones said Hardern dragged Keith Ellis Jones down the middle of the road that night and repeatedly kicked him and hit him on the head. He had lost consciousness.
Fortunately, the injuries were “fairly minor”, but the victim had been in pain for days. “Even when he was walking away, you came up behind him and pushed him down,” the judge told Hardern. “It was a persistent and prolonged attack.”
A restraining order will last indefinitely.
Prosecution attorney Ember Wong said Hardern lived in his antique store. There was an argument after the friends drank and Mr Jones was punched and then kicked. He went to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and the “beaten and bruised” victim felt lucky that she did not have her bones broken.
Defense attorney Simon Killeen said Hardern’s last conviction for violence was eleven years ago. He had two stores but struggled to keep them both open during the pandemic.
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“It was a very stressful time and he lost one of the stores,” Killeen said. “Suddenly he doesn’t have his rent money anymore. It is his firm belief that the complainant took the money. He accepts that his reaction was totally unacceptable. He has completely lost control.
The lawyer said there was remorse.
The prosecution did not accept Hardern’s claim that he was assaulted first and had £ 1,000 taken away.