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Pensioner ‘grunted like pig’ during sex attack

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A PENSIONER who ‘grunted like a pig’ while sexually assaulting a woman who was trying to help him find a taxi was jailed for three months last week.

Appearing before magistrates in Llanelli on Thursday (Aug 30) 69-year-old St Clears resident Emrys Phillips pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual assault, and admitted breaching his bail conditions.

The court heard that Phillips’ victim, who had been visiting the cinema with her boyfriend that evening, was ‘shocked and disgusted’ by his behaviour.

Prosecuting, Dennis Davies told magistrates that on July 26 Phillips approached the couple in Merlin’s Walk, asking them for help finding a taxi.

He appeared to be drunk, and they guided him to the bus station, but there were no taxis present, so they phoned one and waited with him.

Phillips was poking the woman’s breast and asking her name at this point, but she dismissed his behaviour because he was clearly intoxicated.

However, he then put his arms around her waist. She told Phillips that this was ‘too much’, and began filming his behaviour on her phone. Phillips started making thrusting motions and ‘grunting like a pig’ while grabbing his penis though his trousers.

Shortly afterwards a taxi pulled up, and Phillips grabbed the woman and kissed her on the cheek, before putting his hands between her legs and touching her privates.

In a statement to police, she said that she had been ‘shocked and disgusted’ by Phillips’ behaviour.

Phillips was interviewed the following day, and said he had no recollection of the incident, and did not know where he had been between 10pm and 1am due to the extent of his drunkenness.

When shown a picture from the complainant’s phone, he said it ‘could have been me’ but couldn’t remember.

However, he told officers that he did sometimes make pig noises in the pub.

Phillips’ solicitor Andrew Isaac told the court that his client’ life had been blighted by a ‘significant alcohol problem’ for many years.

He added that the incident was out of character, and Phillips wished to ‘apologise unreservedly’ for his actions.

Mr Isaac accepted that any intervention from the probation service was unlikely to be of any help.

On release from prison, Phillips will pay costs and compensation totalling £365. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the next seven years.

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Carmarthen: Police appeal following death of 31-year-old Harry Lloyd

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THE INVESTIGATION is continuing into the death of 31-year-old Harry Lloyd who had suffered serious injuries at Francis Terrace, Carmarthen and later died at hospital.

There is still a police presence at the property and enquiries being made in the local area.

We were called to an incident at an address in Francis Terrace, Carmarthen at around 9.50am on Wednesday, February 20.

Enquiries are on-going to establish the cause of death.

A 28-year-old-woman arrested on suspicion of GBH remains in police custody.

Here’s a tribute from Harry’s family: “We are absolutely devastated by the loss of our son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend.

“Harry was a very popular, beautiful, gentle soul who will be missed.

“Please allow us to grieve this terrible loss in private.”

The police have asked that anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by phoning 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number: 07811 311 908. Use reference: DP-20190220-098

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Care home told staff not to speak Welsh

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THERE is an investigation taking place after it was revealed that a care home had warned members of staff about speaking Welsh.

Isfryn in Ystradgynlais has Approved Headway Provider status and provides rehabilitation and support for individuals with an acquired brain injury. It has been revealed that staff were told that it would be unacceptable if clients heard employees conversing in a language they did not understand. The Accomplish Group, which runs Isfryn, has announced that it was reviewing the issue.

The Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws said: “If two or more people wish to speak or write to each other in Welsh in Wales, they have the freedom to do so, in accordance with the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.

“If someone, such as an employer, tells them that that they should not continue to use the Welsh language, they are possibly interfering with that freedom. The Welsh Language Measure gives me as Commissioner statutory powers to investigate such cases.

“From the evidence I have seen today, it appears there may be an interference with staff’s freedom to use Welsh at Isfryn, Accomplish. I will be contacting the organisation to gather more information in order to understand the situation fully. I would also like to encourage anyone affected to get in touch with my office to enable us to investigate the matter fully.”

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Plans to partially re-open Cwmduad road following landslide

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s highways team hopes to partially re-open the A484 at Cwmduad in March, following extensive work to clear and make the area safe after a landslide.

The council has been leading a highly complex operation to clear the highway and stabilise the land since October, when the landslide tragically claimed the life of a young man.

Works are progressing well, and providing things continue to go to plan, the council hopes to re-open a single lane on March 18.

To date, the operation has involved extensive clearance and reinstatement of land off the highway, with the creation of a 10 metre buffer zone; construction of a ramp from the highway to the river, to aid the recovery of lorry that was swept in with the force of the landslide; and clearance of silt from the highway.

Work currently underway includes the construction of highway support and reinstatement of the bank to the east of the highway, as well as highway drainage clearance and reinstatement.

The final stage of works – which will take place alongside the single carriageway opening – will involve rebuilding a parapet wall alongside the highway, before the road can be fully re-opened.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are pleased that works have progressed well, and we can now plan for the partial re-opening of the road.

“We are grateful for the support from the community during a prolonged and difficult period. It has been a complex project and we have continued to be mindful of the sensitivities both locally and within the community where one person tragically lost their life.

“Whilst we have worked at pace to enable the highway to be reopened as quickly as possible, the safety of the public has always been our primary focus.”

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