A MAN from Colwyn Bay who inflicted a “deep cut” on a custody officer when he appeared at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court as a defendant has been jailed.

Martin Bellew, 54, of Colwyn Avenue, Rhos-on-Sea, was sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment at Caernarfon Crown Court today (November 9).

He later breached a restraining order by attending a property in Llandudno occupied by his former partner.

Bellew had previously admitted charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and of breaching a restraining order.


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Prosecuting, Matthew Dunford told the court that on April 17, Bellew was described as “smelling of alcohol”, and his “speech slurred”, when he appeared at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court.

Upon being jailed for breaching a restraining order, he began shouting and swearing, and aimed his aggression at members of staff, including Paul Williams, a custody officer.

Bellew refused to hand over his property or do what was asked of him, telling staff: “you’re not touching me,” and threatening to punch them.

When Mr Williams asked Bellew to give him his phone, the defendant took it from his pocket and threw it at him, hitting him just behind the ear.

This caused Mr Williams “immense pain”, leaving his ear bleeding, with a deep cut to the back of his head noticed when he later attended the minor injury unit at Llandudno General Hospital.

Bellew, when interviewed, said he “tossed” his phone at Mr Williams, but said the injury he caused him was unintentional; he also denied being intoxicated at the time.

On October 25, Bellew breached his restraining order by attending an address on Maes Y Cym, Llandudno, which was occupied by his ex-partner, Sharna Nolasco.

This had been issued to him in June 2022, but varied last November, to allow him contact with her but not to enter any address of Ms Nolasco’s.

Belle was seen “banging on the door shouting: ‘Sharna’,” before entering the premises.

When police arrived, Ms Nolasco opened the door, and Bellew was arrested after being found inside the property.

Defending Bellew, who had 58 previous court appearances for 106 offences, James Coutts said he is “very sorry” for his “instinctive” behaviour which caused injury to Mr Williams.

Mr Coutts said Bellew maintains he “didn’t mean to cause that officer (injury)”.

He breached his restraining order, Mr Coutts said, after hearing news which made him concerned for Ms Nolasco’s welfare.

Sentencing, Recorder Wyn Lloyd-Jones told Bellew: “You’re getting too old to go to court so regularly.

“You should have learned, by now, from life’s experiences. You’ve got a terrible record. Court orders are there to be obeyed, whether you like it or not.

“He (Mr Williams) was just doing his job.”

Bellew will also pay a statutory surcharge upon his release.