AN AMMANFORD man appeared before magistrates at Llanelli Law Courts on Thursday (Nov 1) to face three serious charges against a 74-year-old man, as well as additional charges for drugs possession.
Christopher Paul Evans, aged 35 of Coopers Road in Tycroes, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing harassment alarm or distress, threatening to destroy property and threats to kill.
He was also charges with the possession of morphine, cannabis and diazepam. Evans pleaded guilty to all the charges.
Prosecutor, Abul Hussein, said: “The matter was adjourned from October 24 so that all matters could link up.
“The complainant is 74-years-old which is an aggravating feature. He is the father of the defendant’s landlord and had attended Evans’ home address to meet plasterers. Whilst he was there, the defendant came out of the property and was very angry. He picked up some scaffolding and threw it in rage, and also picked up a gate and threw that too.
“He picked up a petrol can and said ‘I will burn your house down’. The public order offence is imposed by the demeanour of the defendant.”
Mr Hussein continued: “The threats to kill were made at the police station in an interview. the complainant said ‘If he comes to my house tomorrow I’ll f***ing kill him. I don’t care. Put it on tape’. All he says in his statement is he wanted to sort the matter out.”
Mr Hussein explained that the new matters of drugs possession occurred in July at Station Road. Police attended Station Road for an unrelated matter and searched him, leading them to find controlled drugs.
Defence solicitor, Laura Sherwood, said: “I represented Evans on the last occasion on October 24 for the previous matters and he entered a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity, so should be awarded full credit.
“It came to our attention that there was a matter listed today for drugs. A report was requested for the benefit of group sentencing. He’s done that and this is the first opportunity he’s had to plead guilty for the drugs matters and he has accepted them in full.”
Speaking of the initial matters of violence, Ms Sherwood said: “Evans lives at a rental property and there does not appear to be any issue in relation to the defendant and the landlord. The landlord does not live in this country and the property is sometimes overseen by his father.
“The landlord does not permit his father to be there or get involved and I think the boundaries were overstepped. Tensions were rising, and the defendant doesn’t want him coming near his property.
“An argument took place and he has been in touch with his landlord, and he is more than happy for the defendant to return to the property. The landlord has spoken with his father and told him only to attend with regards to construction work.”
Ms Sherwood said she was ‘exceptionally grateful’ for the probation report written by probation officer, Tim Jenkins, and went on to explain Evans’ history with regards to his drug use.
She said: “Evans has still got a habit introduced to him by his mum when he was 13. He suffered abuse on many fronts which made his development in school suffer. He has not sought help in recent times and is trying to work through it. He has received medication from his GP by was of antidepressants.”
Ms Sherwood explained that Evans takes cannabis to help with his mental health issues, and rejects ‘any notion’ that cannabis doesn’t help. She explained that Evans is a ‘skilled tattoo artist’, and although he does have an income struggles with finances.
She added: “He fears a relapse where his mental health may go if he doesn’t get to see someone”.
Magistrates told Evans: “We’re dealing today with a variety of offences. Some of those are so serious that a custodial sentence could be imposed.”
Magistrates imposed an 18 month community order with a 10 day rehabilitation activity requirement. He must also complete 180 hours of unpaid work, pay £170 prosecution costs and £85 victim surcharge.
Police report finds no ‘major shortcomings’ in use of force
DYFED-POWYS POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, has conducted a review of police officers’ use of force, and is assured that there are no major shortcomings.
The full report on the review of the use of force will be shared with local Police and Crime Panel members at their public meeting today (Nov 16).
This scrutiny review signifies a new, enhanced approach to the Commissioner’s continued commitment to holding the Force to account, for the delivery of an efficient and effective police service for the residents of Dyfed-Powys.
Sparked by national requirements to improve transparency around officers’ conduct, recent controversy around the introduction of spit and bite guards, and feedback from the inspectorate, the review involved consultation with the public, officers and staff, independent scrutiny of incident footage and a detailed review of available data.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn said: “I have been encouraged by the Force’s response to my office undertaking this work, and thank all those who contributed honestly and thoroughly to the review. I would also like to thank the members of the public who were willing to share their views with us, through my online survey and in person at the various events my team and I have attended over the summer months.”
Whilst the review found no significant concern to suggest that force is being used inappropriately by officers, it was identified that under-recording and limitations in the current systems require some improvement.
A series of recommendations have been accepted by the Chief Constable, Mark Collins, who has detailed the Force’s planned course of action in a formal response to the Commissioner.
The Commissioner’s office will use this action plan to review the Force’s progress over the coming months.
Superintendent Craig Templeton, Head of Operations, said: “We welcome this scrutiny by the Police and Crime Commissioner and accept there are improvements to be made. Work has already started to address the recommendations, including changes to the Use of Force recording system and introducing Body Worn Video, to make scrutiny easier. We are confident force is used legitimately in Dyfed-Powys Police and will continue working towards achieving accurate recording.”
The Commissioner is committed to continuing this approach and will be looking for the public to get involved in future engagements and consultations, details of which will be available on the Commissioner’s website, or through contact with the office.
Tributes paid to woman following Lampeter death
TRIBUTES have been paid to a woman who died after she was assaulted in a town centre on Thursday (Nov 8).
The woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries following the attack in the Bridge Street area of Lampeter, Ceredigion. The incident happened at approximately 6pm.
Dyfed-Powys Police have formally identified her 39-year-oldold Katarzyna Elzbieta Paszek.
Her family said in a tribute: “As a family we are distraught by our loss of Katarzyna who was 39 and from Lampeter area. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and aunt and was loved by so many.
“We would now like time to grieve and would ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”
Two of the four men who were originally arrested in connection with the assault have been released with no further action.
A 40-year-old man remains in custody and a 27-year-old man has been released on bail.
Det Ch Insp Anthony Evans said: “This is now a murder enquiry and I am appealing to anyone with information that could help the investigation, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is, please get in touch.
“I would like to reassure the public that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.”
H.M Coroner has been informed, the police have confirmed.
Four men from the Lampeter area were arrested in connection with the incident.
A 40-year-old man remains in police custody. A 27-year-old man has been released on police bail.
A 31-year-old man has been released with no further action, and a 37-year-old man has been released with no further action.
The police said that anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.
Three teenagers accused of ‘trashing’ caravan park
THREE teenagers appeared at Swansea Crown Court this week accused of ‘trashing’ a caravan complex in Llandeilo.
Maximilliam Langford, aged 19, Daniel Sieuw, 18, and James Wright, 19, were before Judge Keith Thomas for a plea and trial preparation hearing.
Paul Hobson, prosecuting, said it was his case that the three had been involved in a joint enterprise to wreck caravans and other buildings, some of them used as dwellings.
Langford, of Heol y Garreg Las, Llandeilo, admitted burgling a log cabin and four caravans at Taylors Wood, Gwynfe Road, on May 2 last year.
He also admitted damaging a 4×4 vehicle belonging to Roy Taylor and a ‘military style vehicle’, also belonging to Mr Taylor.
Langford denied setting fire to a caravan owned by Lawrence Good and a caravan owned by Barry John Smith.
Wright, of Rhydfro, Llangadog, denied the burglaries and the charges of criminal damage but admitted the two charges of arson.
Sieuw, of Bryngwyn, Llandeilo, denied all nine charges.
Mr Hobson said the prosecution would proceed against the defendants on all the outstanding charges.
Judge Thomas laid down January 29 as the start date of a three-day trial.
All three were granted bail meanwhile.
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