A man in court after the Carmarthenshire ‘hippie commune’ attack

A Carmarthenshire man has described how he feared for his life after he was attacked by a man wielding a three-foot copper pipe.

Ryan Lief and Kai Mayes were digging trenches at Marchoglwyn Fawr in Llanfynydd, near Llandeilo, when Ra Rawle appeared alongside them.

They exchanged greetings and Rawle left.

But this week Swansea Crown Court heard that 20 minutes later Rawle returned with a copper pipe two to three feet long with a curved end.

Glazed-eyed and appearing to be under the influence of drugs, he struck Mr Lief in the head with his barbell, claiming he was going to kill him. He then attempted to hit Mr. Mayes, but missed.


Mr Lief picked up a fence post to defend himself and struck Rawle four times in the shin. At this point Rawle, 40, began to walk away but continued to yell at the two men.

Mr. Lief and Mr. Mayes immediately ran for their safety and contacted the police. Rawle was later arrested, cautioned and taken to Ammanford Police Station, but when questioned he made no comment.

In a witness statement which was read out in court, Mr Lief said the incident left him very anxious and scared.

“I fear not only for my own safety, but also for that of my family,” the statement read.

“I have two children who live with me and I’m afraid that Ra will come back to my address and attack me for no reason.

“The attack was unprovoked and shook me up. I don’t know why to this day he attacked me and I’m afraid it will happen again.”

Rawle, who gave his address as Hillersland, Coleford, Gloucester, appeared in court to be sentenced after previously admitting charges of assault causing actual bodily harm, fighting and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

His lawyer, Quentin Hunt, told the court he had “psychological issues that need to be addressed”.

Judge Paul Thomas sentenced Rawle to 14 months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

“You embarked on a bizarre episode where you approached a couple of men working on some kind of trench in a hippie commune and hit one of those men for no apparent reason with a bar,” he said. declared.

Rawle must also participate in a reflection program, 25 days of rehabilitative activity requirement and 200 hours of unpaid work.

He was barred for a period of three years from visiting or entering Marchoglwyn Fawr, Llanfynydd, Carmarthen.

Joan D. Boling