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Nightmare day Llanelli man walked in on 'strip poker'

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

A LLANELLI man has told of the nightmare day he lost his job before catching his best mate and girlfriend together.

After what his barrister branded "a betrayal of the most appalling category", Daniel Arwyn Williams was so upset, he ended up being arrested and charged for assault on the pal concerned, Martin David Morgan.

His girlfriend, Stacey Evans, and Mr Morgan claimed they were playing a game of strip poker, a court heard, but according to Williams they were both stark naked and there were no cards to be seen.

The 23-year-old said: "I felt betrayed and it angered me — I never wanted to go out and hurt somebody, the stuff that happened was just a complete mind blow.

"I had a lot of people write on Facebook about me calling me a monster for giving a boy a couple of clips for what he did.

"If I was in that situation I would expect more than a couple of clips. The thing I was most proud of from all of that was that I only did a minimum amount of damage to Martin."

Mr Williams, of Maes Yr Haf, Llanerch, was speaking to the Star following an appearance in front of Llanelli magistrates, where he admitted assaulting Mr Morgan on October 5.

The court heard that Ms Evans and Mr Morgan — who were both working behind the bar and in catering at Parc y Scarlets — had finished their shift and later decided to have a game of strip poker at Ms Evans's house.

Williams had been to the Scarlets game against Newport Gwent Dragons that day with his father, to try to forget about his bad luck after losing his job as a press operator at Camford Pressings.

After the match he decided to drop by Ms Evans's house. But when he got there, Mr Morgan and Ms Evans were both undressed and down to their underwear, prosecutor Gerald Neave told the court, leading to Williams assaulting Mr Morgan.

Williams was very angry, magistrates heard.

Mr Neave said: "He thought they were going to have sexual intercourse, he pushed his face to the settee and gave him six punches to the face to cause a bloody nose, and bruising which caused swelling to his face and behind his left ear."

The court was told Williams refused to give clothes back to the pair as he wanted Ms Evans's father, who he phoned to come to the house, to see them both in the way he found them.

Mitigating, Peter Rhys-Jones said: "This was like a Spencer Tracy film called Bad Day at Black Rock — this was his bad day.

"He had a phone call to say that he had been laid off, and Mr Morgan, who is a long-term friend, was concerned about him and called him to see how he was.

"He went to the rugby match to take his mind off things and afterwards he found his best friend and his girlfriend together.

"He says no cards were there and that they were both naked, not in their underwear.

"He is very sorry about the incident, but imagine the situation — this was a betrayal of the most appalling category."

Magistrates issued Williams a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered him to pay £40 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Mr Williams added: "It was one of the worst things I have ever experienced, and very embarrassing to hear it come out in court — it was crippling, to be honest."

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