A SCHOOLTEACHER’S son yesterday jailed for 10 years for
knocking down three men had previously driven into his ex-partner’s car
deliberately while their baby was strapped inside.
Ryan Waters, 26, had also last year assaulted the former
girlfriend, punching her twice to the stomach and attacked her father with
punches and kicks, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
On New Year’s Eve, six months after they broke up and
suspecting that Hayley Dicks was seeing another man, he asked her to go to his
mother’s home to talk things over but then drove in the other direction.
“He went to the Brackla home of Lee Jones, hammered on the
door and immediately attacked him when he answered it,” said prosecutor David
“A friend Ricky Hunt came out and broke up the fight, rugby
tackling the defendant but he went back to his car, took out a piece of wood
and hit Mr Jones with it.”
In the dispute which followed, Waters, of Ffordd Maendy,
Sarn, was bitten on his finger and had his car window broken.
Mr Pugh told the court: “By this time, next-door neighbour
David Parish had come out from his house next door because of the 5am commotion
and was standing in the drive.
“The defendant got back in his BMW, revved the engine,
turned the car and drove up the driveway and struck them.
“Mr Parish, who was holding his dog in his arms, had a
fracture to his right knee which needed surgery, with screws and metal plates
“There was also cartilage damage and he will need a further
The car went over Mr Jones’ toes and knocked Mr Hunt off his
Hayley Dicks, who was still in it, was so frightened she
opened a door and jumped out, bruising her arm.
When he surrendered after lying low at his mum’s, Waters
claimed he had only gone to Mr Jones’ home to talk to him and that he himself
But in court he admitted charges of causing and attempting
to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving.
Eugene Egan, defending, said ‘matters spilled over’ that
night and none of it had been planned.
“He put his head in the lion’s cage and got bitten when
there were two men there and is mortified that someone blameless was caught up
in what happened.
“He comes from a respectable and respected family – his
mother is a supply teacher in local schools and his father has built up a
successful plumbing and heating business and they are both absolutely
bewildered by all this.
“The relationship had always been tempestuous and tensions
had been building for some time.”
Mr Egan asked for a sentence that wouldn’t ‘crush’ Waters.
But Judge Stephen Hopkins QC said 10 years was the lowest
possible term, telling the young father:
“You deliberately used your car as a weapon as you had done before when
your baby was in the car.
“You wrongly believed – not that it would have had anything
to do with you – that she had a new relationship”. Waters was banned from
driving for six years and ordered to sit an extended re-test.