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A REVELLER trying to push into a pub queue punched and kicked a fellow customer who confronted him about it.

The Cambrian News reported “Connor Stuart Bird, 24, was seen to “repeatedly” punch Bradley Dowse.

Prosecutor Kevin Challinor told Aberystwyth magistrates that Bird was believed to have thrown between nine and 13 punches before kicking Mr Dowse to the head when he was on the floor in the incident in the Academy on 29 January.

Bird pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Dowse, but his solicitor Craig Davies insisted there had been some provocation when Mr Dowse swore at Bird.

Mr Challinor said Mr Dowse had been with friends queuing at the bar in the pub when Bird tried to push his way into the queue.

That led to an verbal exchange, but Bird, of 26 March Lane, Penkridge in Staffordshire, then punched Mr Dowse in the face “repeatedly”, knocking him to the floor before kicking him in the head.

A staff member who witnessed the attack said she had tried to break the incident up as she was concerned about Bird’s aggression during the incident.

But Bird said he had met some local students while on a night out for a friend’s birthday and one of the students had warned him that Mr Dowse was “dangerous”.

Bird said he had been scared about what was going to happen so had lashed out at Mr Dowse first.

In the attack Mr Dowse suffered cuts and swelling to his nose and mouth, as well as a cracked tooth and a chipped tooth. His watch and phone had also been damaged during the assault.

Mr Davies said that, while Bird accepted he had acted “way in excess of self-defence”, there “was a slight element of provocation”, although Bird regretted his actions.

He said that Bird had hoped to join the RAF and had actually started the recruitment process, but had been told that an assault conviction would mean he would not be successful and would have to try again after his sentence was completed.

Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order and Bird was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

He will also have to pay compensation totalling £375 to Mr Dowse and court costs of £170″ here.

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