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Man jailed for assault outside pub in Cardiff

Matthew Farmer

A man has been jailed for an assault outside the Claude Pub in Roath, Cardiff.

A 25-year-old man suffered serious head and facial injuries, including a double-fractured jaw and a bleed on the brain, as result of the assault earlier this year.

The person responsible, Matthew Farmer from Pentwyn, Cardiff, was identified, as a direct result of an appeal for information.

Officer in the case, Detective Constable Dafydd Beck, from South Wales Police said:

“The victim was out celebrating his 25th birthday with a group of friends on Saturday, April 27, when he was assaulted outside the Claude Pub at around 11.20pm. He received a single punch and fell to the pavement.

“Two days later CCTV was circulated on social media which quickly led to Matthew Farmer being identified as a suspect.

“Arrest enquiries were made but Farmer was not at home and his Fiat camper van was also missing. His vehicle was circulated on the Police National Computer and on Monday, April 29, the same day as the press appeals, it was stopped in Folkestone, Kent, close to the Eurotunnel, and Farmer was arrested.”

Farmer, 35, was brought back to Cardiff and later pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.

He was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday, June 27, to an 18-month custodial sentence and a 10-year restraining order.

DC Beck added:

“Thankfully the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, but the impact on him has been physical, emotional, and financial due to being off work while he recovers from surgery. We wish him, and his family, well as they continue to regain their confidence and recover from this appalling incident.

“We see time and again how one punch can cause devastating injuries and a lifetime of regret.

“South Wales Police is committed to tackling violent crime and reducing the numbers of victims and perpetrators, but we need people to really think about their actions and lifestyle and what may be causing them to become violent.”