A grandad who objected when his fruit machine winnings were stolen was then beaten up in front of his grandchildren.
Andrew Mullins was so badly shaken by the assault that it left him with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and his family no longer wanted to return to Pontins, Prestatyn where the attack took place.
Magistrates in Llandudno were shown CCTV footage of the two incidents – the theft and the assault – which took place on October 29.
Prosecutor Sheyanne Lee said that Mr Mullins was with his three grandchildren when Mark Thomas, who had been playing on a nearby machine, came up and took the £20 he had just won.
Mr Mullins followed him outside and but when he approached Thomas he was pushed and punched several times.
He was knocked to the floor and suffered injuries to his face, back and arms.
In a victim impact statement Mr Mullins said he had since suffered from headaches and been diagnosed with PTSD.
He and his grandchildren had nightmares and they didn’t want to return to Pontins because of the “bad man”.
Thomas, 29, of Leyburn Road, Moston, Manchester, pleaded guilty to theft and to common assault.
Probation officer Andrew Connor told the court that Thomas, whose own children were with him at the time, claimed that Mr Mullins had sworn at him and been aggressive, and though he had been drinking was not under the influence of alcohol.
“He regrets his actions and is extremely disappointed in himself,” Mr Connor said.
Thomas, an unemployed driver, was given an 18-week jail sentence suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.
He must also pay Mr Mullins £500 in compensation, a fine of £50 for theft, a surcharge of £115 and court costs of £620 as he had initially denied the assault.
Chairman Graham Edwards told him: “It was a particularly nasty incident in a holiday camp where young children were enjoying themselves. It was appalling really.”
Source : DailyPost