Jealous dad attacked man with toy truck after finding him at ex’s flat

A “jealous” father attacked a man with his son’s toy truck after he showed up at ex-partner’s home at 4.30am and found him there. Joseph Falcon, 34, assaulted Thomas Crolla after attending Sophie Hooper’s flat in Barry in the early hours of the morning on February 13. Upon seeing Mr Crolla in his ex-partner’s flat Falcon picked up a toy truck and used it as a weapon to hit his victim in the face four times.

He then proceeded to throw the victim’s clothes out of the flat before locking the door behind him with Ms Hooper inside. The victim suffered cuts and scratches to his face as a result of the assault, a sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court heard on Friday. Prosecutor Martha Smith-Higgins said Falcon turned up at Ms Hooper’s flat with their two-year-old son “out of the blue” but when she went down to the communal door he pushed past and made his way up to her home.

He had the toy truck in his hand and used it to knock the door. When Mr Crolla opened the door he said: “F***ing you” and pushed him back into the flat. Ms Smith-Higgins said: “He hit Mr Crolla to the face using his son’s toy truck. [The victim] was in a crouching position and the defendant hit him with an uppercut using the truck.

The initial blow was described as excessive and caused him to stumble backwards. He was then hit four times to the face.”

The police were contacted and Falcon, of Holton Road, was arrested. When she returned to her flat Ms Hooper described seeing “blood splatters” in the hallway, on the walls, and near the door.

The defendant was interviewed and initially denied attacking Mr Crolla but he later pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was later placed in custody after becoming involved in a “verbal altercation” with Mr Crolla which was a breach of his bail condition. Defence barrister Derrick Gooden said his client accepted he had been drinking on the day of the assault and conceded bringing his young son out so early in the morning did not show “great parenting”.

He also told the court that Falcon has suffered recent bereavements and while Judge David Wynn Morgan expressed his sympathy he was not convinced those facts were linked to the offence. Check crime statistics where you live: Sentencing, the judge said: “These are not matters that provide an excuse or mitigation for the commission of this criminal offence, especially when it amounts to a serious attack upon another human being in possession of an item that constituted a weapon.

“You vented your jealously on that person by committing assault occasioning actual bodily harm, leaving your victim with facial injuries.”

Falcon was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for 24 months and was ordered to carry out a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement, comply with a four-month curfew, and carry out 150 hours unpaid work.