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Simon Cowell 'lookalike' attack
Anthony Calvert (left) and Simon Cowell (right)
Anthony Calvert (left) said he threw punches because he felt threatened
A man has admitted attacking a stranger who told him he looked like ITV's X Factor judge Simon Cowell.

Anthony Calvert, 45, punched student Adam Davies, 19, five times in the face in a pub in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion.

Magistrates in the town were told Calvert left the pub, but returned later and again hit Mr Davies, of Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Calvert said he had not been offended, but felt threatened. His sentence is next month for actual bodily harm.

Mr Davies had been on a family holiday on a caravan park near Aberystwyth at the time of the attack in April.

He said: "I made a jest about him looking like Simon Cowell. I don't know why - it was just a bit of a joke.

Adam Davies
It was just a bit of a joke
Adam Davies

"Then he punched me five times. I was just shocked and I didn't see it coming at all."

Mr Davies, 19, had a swollen lip, bruised cheek and nose and a swollen forehead in the attack in the Fountain Inn.

Craig Jones, prosecuting, said: "Mr Davies remarked that he looked like Simon Cowell. Calvert asked him if he was serious and Mr Davies said: 'Yes, I am'.

"Without further comment, Calvert then punched him to the face several times."

Mr Jones said Calvert left the pub but then returned 10 minutes later - and again punched Mr Davies to the ground in the pub.

'Mocked'

He said: "While he was on the ground, he kicked Davies, who made no attempt to defend himself."

Calvert, who said he had drunk between five and seven pints, told magistrates: "He asked me if that was a Simon Cowell haircut that I had. He was being weird."

They exchanged words, and Calvert, a logistics company employee, said he "felt threatened and assaulted him".

He left the pub, but had to return to get his coat, and hit Mr Davies again because he said he was being mocked by him.

Calvert said did not watch The X Factor and was not offended by being compared to Simon Cowell, but told the court: "I just felt threatened and I punched him because he was having a go at me."

Calvert, of Trefechan, Aberystwyth, admitted actual bodily harm but denied kicking Mr Davies. However, the court ruled that he did kick Mr Davies.

Magistrate Huw Williams said: "We believe you did throw five punches in the first incident and we concluded you kicked Mr Davies in the second incident.

"We believe you knew fully what you did."



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