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Worker stamped on boss's face
A BURLY sewage works contractor who drank 20 pints of beer and stamped on his supervisor’s head causing horrific facial injuries faces jail.
Gareth Robinson bowed his head and puffed his cheeks when he was convicted at Southampton Crown Court for causing GBH with intent.
The court heard how Robinson, 32, of Angus Street, Merthyr Tydfil, inflicted such severe injuries that colleague Vince Eaton needed ten metal plates to reconstruct his badly fractured broken cheekbones, eye socket and jaw.
Robinson, a former rugby player weighing 16st, denied the charges claiming he did not intend to harm him.
The men were part of a team of 10 employees from mechanical engineering company Aermech fitting ventilation systems at Millbrook sewage works in Southampton.
The court heard how workers met for drinks at the Frog and Parot pub in Above Bar Street on December 13 where Robinson accused Mr Eaton of logging hours incorrectly.
The party later moved to the Encore pub in Commercial Road where CCTV shows Mr Eaton throwing him out of the door and jumping on top of him on the ground.
The footage also shows Mr Eaton attacking him a second time after colleagues split them up before they were finally separated.
But the pair met again outside their respective guest houses in The Polygon at 8.45pm where an argument erupted and culminated in Mr Eaton pushing Robinson who reacted by pushing him into a parked car causing him to hit his head.
Robinson followed up by kicking the fallen man's face and violently stamping down on his head as he lay on the ground.
Student Aaron Johnston called the ambulance after witnessing the fight while walking home from the library.
He described hearing a "thud" and a cry of pain as Robinson launched his first kick with "full force" and saw him "stamp down hard" on his face.
Mr Eaton told the court his injuries meant he was off work for eight weeks to recover from three operations which left his mouth and lips numb rendering him unable to eat properly and prone to ulcers.
He told the court: "My teeth are dead and are in the wrong place and I have had to develop a technique so food doesn't fall out of my mouth."
He admitted he had lost his temper outside the club but did not remember being attacked on the way home.
Police arrested Robinson at the City Park guest house and confiscated a pair of his yellow trainers which later matched the tread of a footprint on Mr Eaton's left cheek.
xhead When questioned Robinson admitted the assault but claimed he acted in self defence stressing he was attacked twice previously by Mr Eaton.
Under cross examination Robinson admitted drinking 20 pints that night but said: "He came at me and I was trying to defend myself."
He remembers throwing him into the car, stressing he had not intended to kick him in the face but did not remember stamping on him and added: "I feel terrible and awful and never meant to cause him harm."
But Prosecutor Peter Spink said: "Don't you agree that as a 16 st man if you kicked him hard you would have caused serious injury due to your build and that you are used to kicking in rugby."
The jury of four men and eight women took less than three hours to unanimously find him guilty.
Judge Gary Burrell will sentence him to at least five years on Thursday .
Afterwards Robinson's dad Geoff said: "It's extreme he was attacked three times that night.
"He did wrong but it was all in a flash."
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