Royal Marine attacked woman for calling him 'baldy'
A bank manager was attacked by a Royal Marine commando after she called him "baldy" at her firm's masked spring ball, a court heard.
By Richard Savill
Last Updated: 3:57PM BST 06 Aug 2008
Deborah James, 37, a Lloyds TSB manager, was subjected to a "sustained and violent" assault by Gareth Jones, 30, described as an unarmed combat expert, it was alleged.
Cardiff Crown Court heard Marine Jones was sitting on the same table as Miss James at the bank's annual masked ball when the pair began trading insults.
Miss James called the soldier "baldy" while Marine Jones referred to her as "pancake t*ts", the jury was told.
Michael Jones, prosecuting, said the first course was served and everyone appeared to be having a good time.
But the mood changed when the conversation turned to talking about the masks everyone was wearing.
"Suddenly and without warning Jones picked up Miss James's mask and threw it over his shoulder laughing and joking," said the prosecutor, adding that Miss James asked him to get it and he swore at her.
He said: "Miss James refused to be intimidated by Jones' behaviour and she insisted he pick up her mask.
"With that the violence began; he grabbed Miss James by the hair and pulled her down.
"He then began repeatedly and forcefully punching Miss James to the face resulting in her falling to the floor."
The prosecutor said: "This sustained and violent attack only came to an end when Jones had to be restrained and dragged away from Miss James."
Miss James was taken by ambulance to hospital where she needed five stitches to a two-centimetre cut to her nose. She also needed treatment for swelling and bruising to her face and ribs.
The court heard Jones, who was a guest of his girlfriend, a Lloyds TSB employee, at the spring ball in the four star, Holland House Hotel, Cardiff, was arrested the next day.
The prosecutor said: "He told police a female at the table began to make fun of him calling him baldy.
"He said she was wagging her finger at him and gobbing off at him.
"He stated she was teasing him and he was teasing her. He said she then physically attacked him."
The jury was told Marine Jones, who has completed three years unarmed combat with the Marines, had drunk five glasses of champagne and four double vodkas before the five-course meal.
Miss James, a Lloyds TSB bank manager in Rumney, near Caerphilly, South Wales told the court Pte Jones "threw my mask over his shoulder. I was shocked although he had already been acting inappropriately that evening.
"I told him to go and pick up my mask and he swore at me and commented on the size of my breasts. He said: "F*text deleted** off pancake t*text deleted*s"."
She added: "I think he punched me between 15 and 20 times on my face and body."
Miss James said she was off work for two weeks after the attack.
Marine Jones, of Clydach Vale, Rhondda, South Wales, admitted wounding but denied wounding with intent, claiming he acted in self-defence.
The trial continues.
Aye, that amount of alcohol cant even make me tipsy, either theres more to the story or he's just a *text deleted**text deleted*.
though, i find it amusing she isnt dead after he's apparantly a CQC expert and did it for 3 years :\
And hell.. baldy? I take that as a compliment hahahah