Thug threw glass at pub customer before grabbing knives from B&B

Robert Hill, 23, of Voryn Avenue, Old Colwyn, was jailed for 16 months for possessing of a knife in a public place.
Robert Hill, 23, of Voryn Avenue, Old Colwyn, was jailed for 16 months for possessing of a knife in a public place. -Credit:North Wales Police

A drunken man brandished four large kitchen knives during a disturbance outside a North Wales pub. When he left the scene he tried to hide them down a drain.

But police chased and caught Robert David Hill, 23, following the incident in Colwyn Bay last month. Today a judge at Caernarfon Crown Court heard the defendant is "immature" for his age.

He jailed him for 16 months for possession of a bladed article in a public place and eight months concurrently for affray. Prosecutor Elen Owen told how Hill, of Voryn Avenue, Old Colwyn, had been at The Station pub in the town on April 13.

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He was drunk and was refused service. He went to the Prince Madoc pub where he got into an "altercation" with another man, the court heard.

Hill threw a glass at this man and staff intervened but he banged on the windows outside the Prince Madoc. Then Hill left the area and fetched four large knives from his B&B's kitchen.

Ms Owen said he returned to the area outside the Prince Madoc with them. CCTV footage played in court showed two men trying to remonstrate with him as young women looked on.

Hill left and tried to hide the knives down a drain at the entrance to an alleyway, said Ms Owen. Police arrived and arrested the suspect after a short chase.

Officers discovered three wooden handled knives and one with a metal handle in the drain, the court heard. Hill gave no comment answers to police questions.

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Ms Owen said: "He had armed himself with four very dangerous weapons", leading to the affray charge. Dafydd Roberts, defending, said his client had pleaded guilty to all charges and a custodial sentence was inevitable.

He said in the affray offence there had been "a threat of violence rather than the use of violence". He quoted a probation officer who said Hill has "low maturity" for his age but a "strong work ethic".

He intends to improve himself and gain skills and qualifications on his release.

The judge His Honour Timothy Petts jailed Hill for 16 months for each of the possession offences, with three running concurrently. There was also a concurrent, eight-month jail sentence for the affray.

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