A MAN from Old Colwyn has been spared jail after he breached the terms of his suspended custodial sentence.

Rob Rawlinson, 30, of Isfryn, was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for one year, at Mold Crown Court on May 18, 2023.

Rawlinson received this suspended sentence after he was involved in an attack on a person in Colwyn Bay in September 2022, which left the victim unconscious.

He then headbutted a glass plane at St Asaph Police Station after he was arrested and taken into custody.


Man headbutted glass pane at St Asaph Police Station following arrest

In addition, he was ordered to carry out 25 days’ rehabilitation activity requirements.

But he returned to Mold Crown Court today (May 1), having failed to attend a planned appointment without reasonable excuse on February 27.

Prosecuting, Ryan Rothwell told the court that Rawlinson had been issued with a “final warning” prior to his missed appointment on February 27.

He was then sent a letter informing him that he had breached his suspended sentence.

Rawlinson, a painter and a father of two, has completed 11 of his 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days so far.

James Coutts, representing him, said he has shown signs of “re-engaging” since this breach, adding that there are “green shoots of hope moving forward”.

“Frankly, he’ll do whatever it takes, which is perhaps evidenced by him re-engaging,” Mr Coutts said.

Judge Niclas Parry, presiding over the hearing, refrained from activating the suspended sentence, but ordered Rawlinson to complete 40 hours’ unpaid work.

Rawlinson will also pay £125 in costs within the next two months.

“You’ll understand how close you’ve come to being sent into custody today,” Judge Parry told him.

“You were lucky you were given a chance when you were given a chance. You’ve thrown that back in the face of the court.

“But overall, under the circumstances, I consider it would be unjust to activate any part of the suspended sentence.

“Don’t come back again, because the court’s hands will be tied.”

Rawlinson’s co-defendant, Jordan Cross, of Llys Onnen, Llandudno Junction, was jailed for 10 months last May for his involvement in the same attack.