A TEENAGER has been handed a conditional discharge after he assaulted a man in an incident linked to a long-running feud between the families.

Mohammed Ali, 18, punched Gary Halford in the back of the head in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant on December 10.

He admitted assault when he appeared at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court this week.

The incident occurred near the Plough Inn, with the court hearing that Ali had reacted following a previous assault on his parents.

Prosecutor Suzanne Cartwright told Welshpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, January 9, that Mr Halford and Ali are known to each other, and that the incident had occurred as the victim was returning home from the shop.


“As Gary Halford walked home he saw a male, the defendant, who he recognised,” she said.

“His father is the owner of the Plough Inn, and he has seen him multiple times. The defendant shouted ‘Come here, I want you’, but Mr Halford walked away.

“As he did this the defendant punched him to the back of the head and the police were called. Afterwards, he realised he had two missed calls, with a message saying ‘Come out, come out, wherever you are’.”

In a victim impact statement provided by Mr Halford, Ms Cartwright said: “I suffered pain to my ear and I am constantly worried about leaving the house and a similar incident occurring."

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Representing Ali, of Hilton Street, West Bromwich, Rob Hanratty said the physical exchange was minimal and his client doesn’t accept that any injury was caused to Mr Halford.

“There has been a long-running feud between the complainant and the defendant’s parents,” said Mr Hanratty.

“The person Mr Halford called out for had assaulted the defendant’s mum and dad. The complainant says it happened out of the blue, which is quite inappropriate.

“Mr Ali caught him on the back of the head as he put his arm out. The complainant alleges assault. He was caused no harm.

“He was only trying to resolve the situation that exists. He has no previous convictions. He is a very bright young man and has a bright future ahead of him.”

Magistrates said they were departing from their guidelines and felt the most appropriate sentence would be a conditional discharge – where the court chooses not to impose a punishment, providing the defendant stays clear of trouble.

The discharge will last for 12 months. Ali was told to pay £85 costs and a £26 surcharge. Magistrates ordered no compensation as they fear it would aggravate the situation.