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Tenby man guilty of murder

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victim joanna hallTENBY man Steven Williams was found guilty of the murder of Joanna Hall at Swansea Crown Court yesterday (Thursday).

The jury reached a majority verdict of 10 to 2 after eight hours of deliberation.

After they argued at barmaid Miss Hall’s flat in Cresswell Court in the early hours of March 16 last year, Williams “flipped” and used a stainless steel kitchen knife to stab her repeatedly leaving her bleeding profusely from 40 injuries including deep slash and stab wounds.

Joanna died three weeks later as a result of her injuries.

Swansea Crown Court heard how Steven Williams, 31, said “will you just die?” after attacking Joanna Hall at her flat in Tenby, March 16, last year.

Williams, an alcoholic, claimed throughout his trial that an unknown knifeman must have broken into the property in the morning while he briefly went to the shops to buy whisky. But Ms Hall was awake when the air ambulance arrived and was able to say what had happened, naming her attacker. Williams denied that he had been in a relationship with Ms Hall but she revealed it to her sister, Georgina Marwick, in hospital.

When asked who had stabbed her, she replied: “Someone I know. I’ve been seeing him and his name is Steven Williams.”

Mrs Marwick had told the court: “He got a knife and he stabbed her. Jo didn’t want to tell the police because she was scared.

“She said that he’d threatened if she told anyone, he’d come and finish her off or get someone else to do it.

“She said she had asked him (Williams) to phone for help, but he refused saying ‘you have a choice, take your life, or I’ll take it for you’.”

The court had heard how Mr Williams had said that he “didn’t want to have to do this, but I’m going to have to kill you now. I’m not going back to prison”.

Mrs Marwick said her sister had told her that Williams had sat with her all night, just smoking cigarettes.

“She remembers struggling to take a deep breath. He said ‘will you just die?’” she said.

Williams claimed in his defence he went to Ms Hall’s flat very early on March 16, drinking whisky on the way, because he thought she had been self-harming.

At about 7.30am he went to Sainsbury’s and left Ms Hall stroking her pet dog on the sofa, the court was told. When he returned a short time later, he found her injured, he claimed. But jurors heard from a neighbour that there was a noisy argument in Ms Hall’s flat from around 1.30am.

Williams claimed the argument lasted for up to 10 minutes and was sparked when Ms Hall tried to kiss him – but had not mentioned it until giving evidence as he “did not think that it was relevant”.

Steven Williams will be sentenced by the Judge, The Honourable Mrs Justice Nicola Davies DBE today (February 7).

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Residents invited to a Pembroke Tunnel drop-in event

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NETWORK RAIL is inviting residents to a drop-in event to find out more about essential maintenance work at Pembroke Tunnel, west Wales, which will improve the resilience and reliability of the railway for passengers.
The work includes essential vegetation management and rock netting in the area with work taking place for a week in December before the main work takes place in January and February.
Ahead of the work residents are invited to a drop-in event on Monday 18 November from 3pm to 6.30pm at the Dutton Suite, Pembroke Leisure Centre, Bush, Pembroke, SA71 4RJ.
No appointments are necessary and members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions.
Then between Saturday 14 and Friday 20 December Network Rail will carry out drilling work overnight to install rock anchors at the top of the railway cutting as Network Rail prepare for the main phase of the works.
That will then take place between Sunday 19 January 2020 and Saturday 8 February 2020 where engineers will work day and night to install rock anchors and bolts before installing the rock netting across the railway cutting using road rail vehicles and specialist machinery.
Michael Pinkerton, scheme project manager for Wales and Borders, said:
“We would like to thank residents in advance for their patience and understanding as we carry out this work at Pembroke Tunnel.
“All this planned essential work forms part of our commitment to maintain a safe and reliable railway that is fit for use now and in the future. We are working closely with our partners to keep disruption to the local community to a minimum and encourage anyone wishing to find out more about this work to come along to our drop-in event later.”

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“We have a duty to win” says Crabb at campaign launch

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STEPHEN CRABB has launched his 2019 General Election campaign, highlighting the ‘duty and responsibility’ the Party has to win.
The Welsh Conservative candidate is hoping to be re-elected on December 12, having served as MP for the last 14 years.
At the launch at Martha’s Vineyard on Milford Marina, Stephen addressed a crowd of supporters with a promise to continue being a strong voice for Preseli Pembrokeshire in Westminster.
Stephen Crabb has consistently been one of the hardest working Welsh MPs with a strong track record of standing up for the local community.
Speaking at the campaign launch, Stephen said: “This General Election will be the most important for many years.
“We face a choice between the Conservatives who have a clear plan to unblock Brexit and improve Britain – or a coalition of opposition parties under Jeremy Corbyn, who want more years of delay and division.
“That is not in our national interest nor is it in the best interests of Pembrokeshire. The Conservative Party has a serious duty and responsibility to go out and win this election.
“Over the last 14 years I have fought tirelessly for local people and local businesses and if re-elected, I will continue to work hard to give Pembrokeshire a strong voice in Parliament.”
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Christmas shopping misery for west Wales rail users

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RAIL USERS in west Wales face festive misery due to engineering works which will close the Carmarthen to Milford Haven link for almost a month.

The line will be closed from this Sunday, until the Sunday before Christmas, at a time when many take the train to Swansea and Cardiff shopping for gifts for friends and family.

Signs have already been posted at railway stations confirming the delays.

Trains will be replaced by buses; rail officials have said.

A spokesman from Network Rail said: “Due to essential maintenance work, rail replacement bus services will run between Carmarthen and Milford Haven from Monday, November 18 until Sunday, December 22.

“Pembroke dock and Fishguard services are also affected on Sunday November 24.

“On all other days of operation, the train services will continue to stop at Whitland, Clynderwen and Clarbeston Road, Fishguard and Goodwick, Fishguard Harbour and stations to Pembroke Dock.

“We apologise for any inconvenience.”

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