A MAN from Holyhead who left his then-partner “bleeding profusely” after hitting her in the back of the head with a glass has been spared jail.

Adam Walch, 36, of Minffordd Road, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 15 months, at Caernarfon Crown Court today (June 10).

He had previously admitted a charge of wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.


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Prosecuting, Laura Knightly told the court that, on the evening of September 16, 2023, Walch was at Ocean’s Edge Restaurant in Trearddur Bay with his partner at the time, Laura Williams.

She threw a drink over him before walking away, and Walch retaliated by standing up and throwing a glass, hitting her to the back of the head.

He then left via a side entrance of the restaurant, but returned later in a “frantic” state, trying to enter the ladies’ toilets to see if Ms Williams was in there.

Walch was persuaded to go outside and calm down, and when he tried to hug Ms Williams, she told him to “go away” and that he had “done enough”.

A fight ensued, and others at the restaurant tried to intervene, with Walch shouting at one person: “Wait until I’m sober… I’m going to get you.”

Defending Walch, who had five previous convictions for six offences, Elen Owen said he “admitted right from the very start that he was responsible for this”.

Walch himself had to be taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor to be treated for a one-inch-wide gash on his forehead which he had sustained during the incident.

Ms Owen described Walch as a “very polite” and “extremely hard-working” individual, who has not re-offended since this incident, is in full-time employment, and has a child.

“Clearly, he drank far too much than was good for him,” she added.

Sentencing, Judge Timothy Petts ordered Walch to complete a 120-day electronically monitored period of alcohol abstinence, as well as rehabilitation activity requirements.

He will pay £1,000 in compensation, £150 in costs to the prosecution, and a statutory surcharge.

“You were clearly behaving in an obnoxious manner,” Judge Petts told him.

“For the next 15 months, there’s a prison sentence hanging over you.”