Neath Magistrates Court heard that Ryan Lewis Morgan, 18, of James Street, Taibach, had fired the .177 rifle from a property in Fairway in October.
The court was told the victim, Rhys Thomas, was on his way to work when he felt a sharp pain in his abdomen when walking past the home.
The dart with which he was shot penetrated two layers of his clothing, causing a small puncture wound.It didn't need ‘CSI:Port Neath’ to determine the trajectory, either.
Officers went to the property where Morgan admitted he had aimed a shot through the letter box following an argument with his mother and his "head was in the shed".
He said he didn't aim the rifle at anyone and didn't think he had hit anyone.Given it was Wales, I'm only surprised someone else’s head wasn't ‘in the shed’!
Probation officer Greg Flowers told the court that Morgan realised the seriousness of his actions and said he (Morgan) suffers from a series of health complaints including post- traumatic stress disorder and memory loss.PTSD? Oh, how sad.
So…what caused this condition? War? A natural disaster?
In mitigation, defence solicitor Jon Lewis added: "Originally the family came from the Cardiff area around eight or nine years ago. Ryan's father was imprisoned for a serious offence in the Cardiff area.
"His mother formed a relationship with a Port Talbot man who passed away earlier this year. "He is now living with his brother. It is self-evident the young man has plainly lost his way."Ah. OK. Well, if a typical underclass upbringing is going to cause PTSD, I think we need to invest in a LOT more psychiatrists!
Morgan, who pleaded guilty to assault and to firing a weapon, was given a 12-month community order, a 12-month supervision order, and will be required to complete a thinking skills programme.Ah. Of course. Where would we be without the Thinking Skills programme?
But is there no shame in Britain any more? Well, clearly*, no:
"I worked undercover for eight years," he told the Mail on Sunday. "My superiors knew who I was sleeping with but chose to turn a blind eye because I was getting such valuable information
They did nothing to prevent me falling in love." Kennedy says since he was unmasked he has been diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. His wife, Edel, has filed for divorce, and is seeking compensation for "emotional trauma".*speechless*
*H/T: Mike Power via email