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Elvis reveller 'bit woman's arm'
Elvis Presley
Hundreds of Elvis fans visit the Porthcawl festival every year
A drunken reveller at an Elvis festival attacked people at the convention in Porthcawl, a court has heard.

Justin Phillips received 150 hours community service and an eight-month suspended sentence for assault, wounding and actual bodily harm.

Cardiff Crown Court heard how Phillips, 34, and from Nantyfyllon near Bridgend bit a woman's arm and "gouged at" two men's eyes after drinking heavily,

It happened after he was refused entry to the convention because he was drunk.

The court heard Phillips had been drinking at Porthcawl's Brentwood Hotel, decked out for the occasion as the Heartbreak Hotel.

He left the convention - the UK's biggest annual tribute to the King - believing the festivities were over, but heard the Presley tribute band struck up again.

Two men attending the convention tried to make him calm down but he gouged at their eyes with his fingertips
Prosecutor Richard Evans

He tried to get back in, but was refused entry.

The court was told a member of staff and three Elvis fans stopped him because he was "too drunk".

Prosecutor Richard Evans said: "He became abusive and aggressive towards staff and other Elvis fans.

"One woman became involved and he bit fiercely into her arm.

"Two men attending the convention tried to make him calm down but he gouged at their eyes with his fingertips."

Phillips admitted assault, wounding and inflicting actual bodily harm.

Robert Hawkins, defending, said: "He is deeply remorseful and ashamed of himself."


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