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Man sentenced for assault in Cardiff park

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A man has been sentenced for an assault in Bute Park.
Philip Daniel grabbed a female jogger as she ran nearby the outdoor gym in the direction of the city centre at around 11.40am on Tuesday, January 31.

The victim bravely pushed him away and made the quick decision to take a photograph of the suspect her mobile phone.
Using Retrospective Facial Recognition on the mobile phone photo, officers identified the suspect as Philip Daniel, 32, from Barry – someone who was known to police.

Daniel was arrested the following day, charged, and later pleaded guilty to assault by beating.
On March 13, 2024, Daniel returned to Cardiff Magistrates’ Court where he was sentenced to a Community Order. He must also pay £500 compensation plus a £80 fine and £114 surcharge.

Police have since increased high-visibility and plain-clothed patrols, and encourage initiatives to tackle violence and abuse including StreetSafe and the Cardiff Safety Bus.

South Wales Police has said it will use all available technology, such as Retrospective Facial Recognition, to bring offenders to justice.