A former sous chef – who had moved from West Wales to work at The Pilot pub in Penarth – is starting a 12 months jail sentence after pleading guilty at Cardiff Crown Court to assault causing actual bodily harm.
At a friend’s flat in Cardiff, after a night-out boozing, the chef – Davey Paxton (24), – used a can of aerosol deodorant and cigarette lighter as a “flamethrower” on a sleeping acquaintance – Connor Gammer (20)
The court heard that Mr Gammer had woken up to find his hair was on fire. When he ran into the kitchen, Paxton had punched him. Mr Gammer’s hair was burnt away on the left side of his head, suffered burn wounds to his ear and neck, and may need skin a graft.
The court was told that Paxton had received 24 convictions in his home town of Kilgetty, West Wales before moving to Cardiff to take-up employment at The Pilot in Penarth .
Jailing him for a year, Judge Thomas Crowther told Paxton: “You used a flamethrower on a man who was fast asleep.The public would be horrified if I didn’t give you an immediate prison sentence.”