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Gloucestershire man jailed for attack after a row over The Valleys television show in a lapdancing club

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

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ROWING over reality TV show The Valleys in a lapdancing club landed one Gloucestershire man with a 10-week spell behind bars.

Danny Butler was with his friend Fred Evans, who won a boxing silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics, when the attack happened, Birmingham magistrates heard.

The court was told Butler teamed up with welterweight Evans to launch a “gratuitous and unprovoked” attack which left their victim unconscious.

Butler, 20, of Gloucester Road, Corse, was jailed for 10 weeks for his part in the attack, and also ordered to serve four weeks of a previous suspended sentence imposed for a similar offence.

Evans, 23, of Old St Mellons, Cardiff, was fined £435 and ordered to pay £250 costs for his “limited” role in the assault on Sam Robinson.

Mr Robinson, thought to be aged in his 20s, was battered around the head and knocked to the floor on February 23 this year, moments after arguing with Butler about the merits of the MTV show.

Both Evans and Butler, had pleaded not guilty at a previous hearing but admitted common assault after viewing CCTV footage of the attack prior to the hearing this week.

Prosecutor Jim Mason told magistrates Mr Robinson had travelled to Birmingham’s Legs 11 club from the Peterborough area with a group of friends.

Mr Mason told the court: “Whilst at the bar, Mr Robinson began talking to two men who he quickly discovered were from Wales.

“As he spoke to the two men he noticed one of the two seemed to get somewhat upset following a discussion about The Valleys television show.

“To prevent the matter escalating, he decided to leave the scene and went to the toilet.

“No sooner had he got into the toilet that he was struck to the back of the head and he fell to the floor.

“He was then hit to his nose and jaw and says at that point he passed out.”

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Mr Robinson, who is facing dental surgery likely to cost around £3,000, said he felt his attackers had “behaved like animals” for a silly reason.

Gavin Rofer, defending Evans, said the boxer was deeply remorseful and had consumed “quite a lot of alcohol” at the time of his “extremely limited” part in the assault.

The solicitor claimed The Valleys did not paint the Welsh population in a particularly favourable light, and said the victim’s comments about the programme had “not found favour” with either defendant.

The court heard Evans had no previous convictions, and an “exemplary” record as a boxer, having taken up the sport aged four.

During his mitigation to the court, Mr Rofer said: “He has never found himself before any court in relation to any sort of proceedings, he comes before you entirely of good character.

Evans was ordered to pay a £43 victim surcharge and £500 in compensation to Mr Robinson.

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