OAP who hurled dog poo at him for threatening pet was kicked, beaten, and spat at by violent thug.
According to court documents, a 20-year-old thug assaulted an elderly who was walking his dog on a canal towpath.
Following an altercation over the man’s pet that resulted in Bartlett being pelted with dog poo, Ethan Bartlett, 20, kicked, punched, and spat at a 72-year-old dog walker. On July 21, the incident occurred on the canal towpath between Trebanos and Pontardawe in the Swansea Valley.
Prosecutor David Singh told Swansea Crown Court that the victim was walking his dog on the path when he came across Bartlett and two other women. The defendant was overheard saying, “If that dog doesn’t move, it’ll end up in the canal,” and the elderly questioned him about it.
Mr Singh told WalesOnline that Bartlett, who has a criminal record that includes a series of assaults, asked the dog walker how old he was and then replied, “I’m 21 – I can take you out.”
The argument became physical when the pensioner threw a bag of dog feces at Bartlett, prompting Bartlett to wrestle the guy to the ground, punching, kicking, and spitting at him.
The senior was left stunned, with scrapes, bruises, and aches all over his body, according to Mr Singh. In an impact statement read in court, the victim stated that the incident had made him fearful of going out.
On the evening of the incident, Bartlett was detained and stated that he felt an unknown person had attacked both him and the senior on the path.
When Bartlett appeared in court via video link from prison for sentence, he pled guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.
He had seven prior convictions for 12 offenses, including a sequence of assaults in which he punched or spit at a police officer, a 13-year-old girl, a woman, and one of his former professors.
At the time of the canal incident, he was serving a suspended sentence for assaulting a man with intellectual disabilities, which was handed down in October 2019. He’s also been warned about assaults that result in genuine bodily harm.
Mitigating, Hywel Davies said the defendant described himself as “losing his head” after the bag of dog feces was hurled at him. He stated that his client was taking steps to treat his drug abuse and “bitterness.” Brinkwire Summary News